I personally prefer to meditate at night, especially when I'm in monasteries, but anywhere else really. The reason for this is that during the daytime it is frequently noisy. Night is best as it is quiet, most people will be sound asleep and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE
"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde
The moon shines by night
The warrior shines in his armor
The Brahmin shines in his meditation
But the Buddha shines with effulgence both day and night
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
- Machig Labdron
"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche
kirtu wrote:One problem is that meditating just before you go to bed could cause you to become too energized and then you can't fall asleep. Another problem could be that you become too drowsy and your meditation is dull (and this could happen in the early morning as well).
I don't know I found I fall asleep much easier after meditating and have rather vivid dreams. Typically it is a drag to fall asleep otherwise.
I have also been advised to get up and sit in front of the altar to meditate for about half an hour whenever I cannot sleep.I dont have to worry about getting up early as one of the joys of retirement is I let my body get up when it has enough sleep.Just sharing.
I have no idea how it works: do you pay for it? For how long? Wich country are you doing the retirement?
Here in Portugal i think that such experience is near impossible.
In Malaysia, all government servants have to retire at the age of 60.They are given a pension which is a fixed sum of money paid monthly to a person following a retirement from service.The pension that they receive monthly is about 60 percent of the last drawn salary.When I die, my wife will be given my monthly pension till she passes away too..Pensioners are also given a lump sum of money of about RM150,000 known as gratuity as an appreciation from the government for the years of service as soon as they retire.
http://www.malaysia.gov.my/EN/Relevant% ... cheme.aspx
http://jpt.mohe.gov.my/RUJUKAN/akta/aka ... n%2080.pdf
Only now i understand that you were talking about not working more. So, when i asked about the price of a retirement, i was asking (wrongly) for how much you were paying for being in a buddhist temple (something that you are not doing, now i see).
In my country, Portugal, the age is around 60 i think. I am not sure because they are always changing the rules (for worst). But its more or less the same as there.
Anyway, thanks for your clarification and sorry about my confusion (my english sometimes tricks me).
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