Ben wrote:Its not an issue, Bagoba.
Many people within my own tradition use a chair to sit in, as do some of our teachers.
The standard way to sit in concentration is to sit with your legs crossed, right leg on top of the left leg, right hand on top of the left hand. Sit up straight. Some people say you can do it walking, you can do it sitting, so can you do it kneeling? Sure — but you're beginning students. When you learn how to write, you have to practice making clear letters first, with all their parts. Once you understand your letters and you're writing just for yourself to read, you can write in a scrawl if you want. It's not wrong. But you have to learn the standard form first.
Rely on Oneself
Sitting cross-legged on a hard stone temple floor is natural to villagers who have grown up in a culture without furniture. But to one newly arrived Western novice, gawky and inflexible, it was a hard way to begin the daily hours of meditation and chanting. Thus it was with some relief the novice discovered that by arriving early to meditation, he could sit next to the stone pillars at the front of the hall and, once. All the monks had closed their eyes to practice, he could gently lean on the pillar and meditate in Western-style comfort.
After a week of this practice, Achaan Chah rang the bell to end the sitting and start the evening Dharma talk. "Tonight," he began, looking directly at the new monk, "we will talk about how practicing the Dharma means to support oneself, to rely on oneself, to not have to lean on things outside of oneself." The other monks in the hall tittered. The Westerner, a bit embarrassed, sat up unusually straight for the rest of the lecture. From that point on his resolve grew firm, and he learned how to sit straight on any floor under any conditions.
Bagoba wrote:Hi guys,
Thanks for the tips and advices...
I have one concern about my meditation practice... Right now I'm quick to become absorbed in the breath and feel rapture, I stay in it for a while but right now it feels more like a fix, a sort of "high" that I wish to stay in, and I'm concerned about developing attachment to that rapture, which is also just the beginning, so obviously I don't wish to stay stuck at the beginning!
Do you see what I mean, and what do you advise?
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