Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

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asker
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Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Post by asker » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:21 am

What are the different types of open eye meditation in Buddhism?

Or do Buddhists only do closed eye meditations?

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Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Post by Dinsdale » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:15 am

asker wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:21 am
What are the different types of open eye meditation in Buddhism?

Or do Buddhists only do closed eye meditations?
I've experienced many different approaches across the Buddhist schools.
Eyes wide open looking ahead, eyes open but looking down, eyes half open, eyes shut.

If you're practising in a particular school, then it's probably best to follow their approach. If not, then you can experiment, and see what works best. In my experience there are pros and cons to the different methods. And I don't think it's "one size fits all".
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Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Post by SarathW » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:53 am

All Vipassana meditations except perhaps breath meditation are eyes open. (eg. Walking meditation)
Even in Samatha, if you are prone to sleep or other body imbalances, you keep the eyes open.
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Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Post by Dinsdale » Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:39 am

SarathW wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:53 am
All Vipassana meditations except perhaps breath meditation are eyes open. (eg. Walking meditation)
Even in Samatha, if you are prone to sleep or other body imbalances, you keep the eyes open.
Obviously it's good to keep eyes open with walking meditation, but I'm not sure about your statement that all vipassana meditation is done with eyes open - doesn't this vary from teacher to teacher?
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Re: Types of Open Eye Meditation in Buddhism

Post by SarathW » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:17 am

If you want to practice Satipathana, closing your eye is not a good idea.
When you close your eyes you have the risk of moving to Samatha and experience Jhana.
The closing the eye is mainly a Samatha practice as Samatha is mainly a recollection.
Vipassana is keeping attention on the present body-related five aggregates.
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