Poll on Frequency of Practice

Discussion of meditation in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.

Usual Frequency of Formal Meditation Practice

Poll ended at Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:24 am

I do not engage in formal Buddhist meditation practice at all.
3
7%
I practice formal Buddhist meditation sporadically.
3
7%
I practice formal Buddhist meditation about once a week
0
No votes
I practice formal Buddhist meditation about 20 minutes a day
4
9%
I practice " about 40 minutes a day
8
19%
I practice" about one hour a day
5
12%
I practice " about 1.5 hours a day
4
9%
I practice " 2 hours a day or more.
16
37%
 
Total votes: 43

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Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby Yudron » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:24 am

I'm interested in knowing the frequency of meditation practice among DW users.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:38 am

It will be interesting to see the results as they come in.

I sit several times a day and average about 1.5 hours, although this is steadily increasing.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby Yudron » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:41 pm

By the way, the poll will close after ten days. I thought it would be good to check only at this time in the development of DW, others can check in the future.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby DGA » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:51 pm

I cast my vote with the understanding that reading and study, organizing or participating in discussions, and promoting the teachings are not counted as "practice" per se.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:08 pm

Jikan wrote:I cast my vote with the understanding that reading and study, organizing or participating in discussions, and promoting the teachings are not counted as "practice" per se.

I understand that 'practice' here refers to formal (usually seated) practice.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby pemachophel » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:29 pm

Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful! :namaste:
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:33 pm

The poll is clearly about the frequency of formal meditation practice, yet there are also options about duration, so the title is a little misleading.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby heart » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:17 pm

pemachophel wrote:Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful! :namaste:


Emaho! This makes me genuinely happy!

/magnus
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"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby conebeckham » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:49 pm

I also rejoice in PemaChopel's activity. That's great! I hope to follow your example, post-retirement, myself! :twothumbsup:
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:46 pm

pemachophel wrote:Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful!

You are an inspiration.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby kirtu » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:27 pm

pemachophel wrote:Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful! :namaste:


:applause: :cheers: :woohoo:

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WOW! That's amazing!

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby Yudron » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:50 am

Jikan wrote:I cast my vote with the understanding that reading and study, organizing or participating in discussions, and promoting the teachings are not counted as "practice" per se.


That's what I was interested in, formal practice.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby pemachophel » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:38 pm

Kirt et al.

Not so amazing when you have heart disease and Yama is breathing down your neck all the time. My recent heart surgery was not the fix I had hoped it would be. In any case, my "retreat" is the fulfillment of a life-long desire. :namaste:
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby Arnoud » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:42 pm

Very inspirational indeed. Do you live alone while doing your practice or are you with someone who is okay with you putting in those long hours?

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby pemachophel » Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:52 pm

Clarence,

My wife is also a practitioner (although we have different Root Gurus). However, she still works. So she's not home when I'm practicing. I get up at 4 AM and practice till 6 PM with three breaks (breakfast, lunch, and mid-late afternoon). On the weekends, I practice less in order to do chores and be with my wife. From 6-9 PM, I hang out with my wife unless it is a special Dharma day. In that case, we do puja together at home or at a local Nyingma center. We'll see what happens when she also retires in 18 months or so. She probably won't devote herself to retreat the way I have. She's a gregarious people-person. However, she's also very independent and is also an artist (meaning she will probably spend more time in her studio). So I don't foresee my "retreat" changing markedly even after she retires. We will probably go to more drubchen, retreats, and teachings together after she retires.

But, all that being said, my health condition forces me to live day to day. Hence any and all of the above is just Dawa Drakpa's fantasy.
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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby heart » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:43 pm

pemachophel wrote:But, all that being said, my health condition forces me to live day to day.


I, and I am sure others here as well, will keep you and your situation in our minds when we practice. Your spirit is a great inspiration.
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~Kurt Vonnegut

"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
- Longchenpa

"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."

-Longchenpa

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby deepbluehum » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:43 am

pemachophel wrote:Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful! :namaste:


Amazing. I have to work. But I can usually get in 4-6 hours in. I have this week off and I'm doing Vajra Armor in retreat.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby deepbluehum » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:46 am

pemachophel wrote:Clarence,

My wife is also a practitioner (although we have different Root Gurus). However, she still works. So she's not home when I'm practicing. I get up at 4 AM and practice till 6 PM with three breaks (breakfast, lunch, and mid-late afternoon). On the weekends, I practice less in order to do chores and be with my wife. From 6-9 PM, I hang out with my wife unless it is a special Dharma day. In that case, we do puja together at home or at a local Nyingma center. We'll see what happens when she also retires in 18 months or so. She probably won't devote herself to retreat the way I have. She's a gregarious people-person. However, she's also very independent and is also an artist (meaning she will probably spend more time in her studio). So I don't foresee my "retreat" changing markedly even after she retires. We will probably go to more drubchen, retreats, and teachings together after she retires.

But, all that being said, my health condition forces me to live day to day. Hence any and all of the above is just Dawa Drakpa's fantasy.


Nothing like death staring at you in the face to make dharma a priority. It's a good thing.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby tomamundsen » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:12 am

I voted 1.5 hours/day. My daily practice practice (Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro, focusing on prostrations at the moment) takes me about 1:45. But I have a lot of samsaric commitments and consistently miss one or two days a week. This sounds pretty good to me... but to be completely honest with myself, I could easily do four hours a day if I just cut some of my worldly ties.

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Re: Poll on Frequency of Practice

Postby deepbluehum » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:04 pm

pemachophel wrote:Since I retired a few years ago, I've been doing 10-11 hours of practice per day, basically something like loose (non-boundaried) life retreat. It's wonderful! :namaste:


Out of curiosity, what is your main practice?


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