nirmal wrote:In the beginning the length of time does not matter. Perhaps 20 minutes will do to help you to break through the pain barrier. Then the time should be lengthened slowly.I had friends who meditated with the greedy desire to reach Buddhahood within a few days.Perhaps they were thinking of the seven-day Great Perfection which is not meant for the neophyte.Then they give up saying that they tried but got nothing.We should practice slowly, increasing the length of time slowly and eventually we may reach even the highest goal
I make it a point to meditate for at least an hour per sitting and sometimes a little more.In the busiest of times I meditate for about twenty minutes. Consistency is very important to achieve success and to make meditation something to look forward to every day. How about you? Please share.
I sit about twenty minutes. This is in addition to open/closing chants, a short Vajrasattva practice and a Chenrezik practice several times a week. So all together, about 45 minutes.
Weekends I sit longer - up to three hours punctuated with walking meditation/stretching every 40 minutes or so.
Pain? If start to experience pain or my legs start falling asleep, I change position. If the pain persists I consult my doctor. At my age to try and practice through the pain is about as dumb as the day is long. I see no benefit or merit in self-abuse.
I never sit in full lotus. I don't possess the inclination and don't have the time to train my lower body to do that. It's not necessary to sit that way and why bother with things that aren't necessary?
I have two different cushions, a bench and this really cool, old footstool to sit on at varying times for varying reasons. I use a 4" memory foam mat for a zabuton. In intensive situations like retreat I'll use a chair as as my lower back and hips start to give out after 3-4 days.