eyes open during meditation?

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Re: eyes open during meditation?

Post by Dinsdale » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:24 pm

johnny wrote:
porpoise wrote:
johnny wrote:can you enter jhana with them open? i'm very curious about this.
I managed it on an intensive meditation retreat last year. But not since!
awesome! could you describe please?
There were the usual absorption factors like piti and sukha, then a strong experience of consciousness expanding - a bit like coming out of a dark tunnel into bright open space. I think having eyes open made it a different experience, but it's hard to be specific.
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Re: eyes open during meditation?

Post by johnny » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:40 pm

porpoise wrote:
There were the usual absorption factors like piti and sukha, then a strong experience of consciousness expanding - a bit like coming out of a dark tunnel into bright open space. I think having eyes open made it a different experience, but it's hard to be specific.
cool thank you.
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