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POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:58 pm
by Garrib
Please forgive me if there is already a poll like this somewhere on the site. I wanted this to be anonymous so as not to encourage any competitiveness. I'm curious to see the results. Thanks for your participation!

Metta,

Brad

PS: I know that for myself, the amount of time I am able to devote to meditation varies considerably from day to day. If that is also true for you, just choose the option that reflects a likely average (over the course of a month or longer).

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:29 am
by SarathW
I do very little formal sitting meditation. (less than 15 minutes or none)
But I exercise mindfulness thorough out the day.

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:14 am
by Lucas Oliveira
when I was more excited I did a schedule of 7 hours of meditation a day, but I could not. then decrease to five. and now I'm only getting 2 hours a day.

I know I can try harder.

and try to stay alert during the day.

:anjali:

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:18 am
by Garrib
Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:14 am
when I was more excited I did a schedule of 7 hours of meditation a day, but I could not. then decrease to five. and now I'm only getting 2 hours a day.

I know I can try harder.

and try to stay alert during the day.

:anjali:
Lucas, that is really inspiring, and I am going to try harder too. Thanks!

And thanks to everyone for participating!

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:34 am
by Lucas Oliveira
I researched the routine in some monasteries and I think the average time for meditation is about 7 hours. Of course, every monk can meditate more or less.

https://www.amaravati.org/visiting/daily-routine/
http://www.watpahnanachat.org/8-precepts.php

I also remember that Ajahn Tan said that he meditated about 8 hours a day.

http://dhammadafloresta.org/tag/ajahn-tan/

:anjali:

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:17 pm
by Lucas Oliveira
To Light a Fire
A Dhamma Discourse
by
The Venerable Webu Sayadaw



The disciples of the Buddha took the practice from the Teacher and worked with unwavering perseverance. Therefore, they achieved the awakening they had aspired for.

How did they work? In the same way as a man who wants to light a fire with a fire stick, as in the olden days. They rubbed two pieces of wood together, and heat was produced. Eventually the wood started to glow, and then they could light a fire. So, if a man wants to start a fire in this way, and rubs two pieces of wood together, does he count: "One rub, two rubs, three rubs..."?

DISCIPLE: No, sir, that wouldn't work very well.

SAYADAW: How would he have to do it then?

D: He would have to rub continuously until he got a flame.

S: Yes, when they wanted to start a fire in those days, this was the only way to do it. They had to rub with strong determination and without taking breaks. Now, if one were to rub two pieces of wood together in this way, how long would it take for the fire to start?

D: When it gets hot enough, the fire will start, sir.

S: Will that take long?

D: Not very long, sir.

S: No, if this man works with determination, it doesn't take long. It is just the same with this practice here. You want fire. You know that if you rub these two pieces of wood together you can have it. Now, if you count, "One rub, two rubs..." it will become a little bit hot. And then you take a rest for a while. Will you start a fire?

D: No, sir.

S: OK, so you start again, once, twice, three times... and again heat is produced. Then you lay back again and take a bit of rest. Will you start a fire?

D: No, sir. .

S: And if you continue in this way for a whole month?

D: We won't get fire.

S: And if you continue for a whole year?

D: It will just get warm, sir, but there will be no fire.

S: Now, what if you were to work like this for one hundred years?

D: It will just become warm, sir.

S: In that case, there is no fire in these two pieces of wood?

D: There is fire, sir, but effort and perseverance are not sufficient.

S: It is just the same with our work. You have to work as the fire maker does, without taking rest. Soon it will become hot and then, before long, a fire will start. Only then will you be able to use the fire in the way you want. You should all make effort to fulfill your aspiration for awakening. You have received the teachings of the Buddha. Now you have to work so that your efforts are equal to those of the wise of old who attained their goal. The teachings of the Buddha are the only path out of suffering, and you can practice them only when a Buddha has arisen and as long as his teachings are available. When no teachings of a Buddha are available, you cannot fulfill your aspiration for Nibbana.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... bl122.html


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Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:59 pm
by SarathW
Hi Lucas
Good link.
However, there is another Sutta to show how to light a fire.
You have to make sure that the fire stick is not wet.
It also a gradual training.
Not every person can light a fire without some experience.

Re: POLL: How much do you meditate?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:03 pm
by Lucas Oliveira
Hi

I think the lecture audience had basic knowledge about Buddhism