Physical posture during seated meditation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Manopubbangama
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Physical posture during seated meditation

Post by Manopubbangama » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:52 pm

The Suttanta stock formula is very basic:

"when a bhikkhu has returned from his almsround, after his meal, he sits down, folds his legs crosswise, sets his body erect, and establishing mindfulness in front of him"

I'm wondering if anyone has experience adjusting to find an optimal seating arrangement?

Is lotus-position beneficial?

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Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

Post by Sam Vara » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:16 pm

Manopubbangama wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:52 pm
The Suttanta stock formula is very basic:

"when a bhikkhu has returned from his almsround, after his meal, he sits down, folds his legs crosswise, sets his body erect, and establishing mindfulness in front of him"

I'm wondering if anyone has experience adjusting to find an optimal seating arrangement?

Is lotus-position beneficial?
I think it is beneficial only if it can be achieved without injury and/or strain which becomes distracting. The optimal seating arrangement is that which keeps one alert and balanced, without causing pain or requiring too much effort. It's worth experimenting to find the most suitable one, and bear in mind that we tend to differ quite a lot in terms of tightness of ligaments, bulkiness of muscles, joint deterioration, old sports injuries, and so on. Copying someone else or following a recommendation should be done with caution. Having said that, if you are lucky enough to be able to sit comfortably in the lotus position, then stick with it!

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Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

Post by pilgrim » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:27 pm

There are many ways of sitting cross legged - full lotus , half lotus, Burmese style (where the legs don't overlap), or even both legs to one side. In any of the ways one sits on the floor, it is important that the knees are no higher than the hips. Use a pillow under the butt if you have to. If your knees are high, you'll find difficulty in keeping the body erect as the compression around the hip and stomach area will push your body back. Otherwise, just sit on a chair or stool. Choose one which is level, not one where the seat slants back.

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Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

Post by Pondera » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:47 am

The Sacroiliac joint is of utmost importance. Not only should that joint be straightened as much as one can - it should be in a position where one can let go of dukkha there from. The SI joint is the absolute key to achieving rapture during meditation - and also for achieving rapture as a element of enlightenment in later meditations. In fact, the truth is that consciousness released from the SI joint is the factor of rapture!
Four simple meditations on earth, water, fire, and wind - leading to tranquility and pleasure, equanimity and peacehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1G3qI6G ... sp=sharing

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