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10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

Postby PaulGar » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:18 pm

I know that there can be no real exact figure put on the amount of time that it would take somebody to become proficient at meditation; after all people will progress at different rates. I also realise that just clocking up the hours isn't the best way to approach meditation (a bit unBuddhist), but... I do feel that somebody who has meditated for 10,000 hours will be at least somewhat more advanced in meditation and have the concentration levels to move further along the path. If you meditated for two hours a day it would take about 14 years of practice.

I think the idea of 10,000 hours to becoming an expert came from Malcolm Gladwell. These numbers also seem important to scientists who like to conduct experiments on experienced meditation practitioners who have practiced for thousands of hours.

I don’t take the goal too seriously, but it is a target I’d like to accomplish; not that I expect to hear trumpets or anything when that goal is reached. I suppose it is possible to put 10,000 hours into going in the wrong direction. What do other people think of a 10,000 hour meditation goal for laypeople?

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

Postby bodom » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:22 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

Postby salmon » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:39 pm

2 mins of mindfulness is better than 2 hours of meditation without mindfulness.

My meditation teacher has a habit of breaking us out of our "urge" to sit long hours. When we settle onto our cushions ready for a long sit, he will come along and make us feed the fishes, or something. Reason? To keep us (and our mindfulness) on our toes.
~ swimming upstream is tough work! ~

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

Postby bazzaman » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:26 am

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Re: 10,000 Hours to Meditation Master

Postby salmon » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:48 am

~ swimming upstream is tough work! ~


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