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Monasteries and Sleep

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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Re: Monasteries and Sleep

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Re: Monasteries and Sleep

Postby puppha » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:53 pm

Dear All,

I might throw a spanner in the cogwheels...

A lot of posts go along the way of "monks are contemplative and have very little physical exertion, hence they don't have to sleep as much as we do".

I have to disagree in 2 ways:
1 - I spent some time in a monastery, and there was a lot of work to do. Monks and lay residents spend easily 4-5 hours every day working physically (cooking - lay people only, washing up, housekeeping, gardening, repairs, etc.)
2 - I have a brother-in-law in the French army (Legion Etrangere). They have been told that scientific studies show that the human body does not need more that 3 hours of sleep per period of 24h. In practice, they are never allowed more than 5 hours sleep per day, and their days are filled up with physical training.

A few years ago, I bought for myself a method to reduce your sleep time to 5 hours. It worked for many people, but I was just too lazy to actually implement it for myself.

In short: the sleep time required by the human body is probably over-estimated.

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Re: Monasteries and Sleep

Postby Bhikkhu_Jayasara » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:21 pm

From my experience at Bhavana Society sleeping is 9:30-4:30, a good 7 hours. Of course it IS a forest monastery and everyone is always doin a lot of work( 4 hours of work daily).

Maybe if i was an advanced meditator if do 3 hours of sleep... But until then im sticking with 7.
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