Eyes open during samatha?

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Eyes open during samatha?

Postby AstralProjectee » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:11 am

Hi all, I am wondering can I do samatha aka shamatha with my eyes open. I would keep my eyes closed all the time but i can easily become to lax. Thanks.

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Re: Eyes open during samatha?

Postby sangyey » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:19 am

Eyes open (halfway) is how I was taught and how I practice. Common point in Variochana posture. Number of good benefits like preventing laxity, helps to enhance clarity of the object, and good symbolically as a Mahayana practice so as not to close out the rest of the world.
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Re: Eyes open during samatha?

Postby Asabandha » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:32 am

I have been told that a benefit of meditating with the eyes open is that one becomes accustomed to concentrating amid the distractions of visual sense perception. I do both right now, and I feel based on personal experience that meditating with the eyes open does carry over into day to day activities more easily than meditating with the eyes closed -- though it is a little more difficult to get the hang of.
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Re: Eyes open during samatha?

Postby Terma » Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:59 pm

I was originally taught to have my eyes gently closed, but I found this made me more prone to laxity and eventually sleep too! So I began to practice with my eyes slightly (half) open as is traditionally taught by most Tibetan teachers. I also agree that this also helps to focus a little better amongst all the external or outer appearances which I think can help us in our daily experiences.

And as Sangyey alluded to, there are many benefits of sitting in the seven point posture, which can really help our practice.

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Re: Eyes open during samatha?

Postby AstralProjectee » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:23 pm

Thanks for your replies. It just confirms what I thought was true. Thanks.

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Re: Eyes open during samatha?

Postby mint » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:40 pm

Eyes open. This will train the mind towards the higher tantras, if you are practicing Vajrayana.
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