Some kind of realisation while trekking?

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Some kind of realisation while trekking?

Postby Punya » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:23 am

Do you think it's possible to have experiences you would normally associate with meditation while trekking? I don't mean to a known buddhist or spiritual power centre (although just because a place isn't known as such doesn't mean it isn't one). It seems like if you went on a long trek, say five days or more, that you could reach the kind of states of mind that you reach on a meditation retreat. I have heard of people having these kinds of experiences. What do you think or know, or what have you experienced?
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Re: Some kind of realisation while trekking?

Postby catmoon » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:33 pm

Just being out in the bush alone for a few hours radically alters the way the mind works. Or conversely, one might say that living in a technological high intensity society radically alters the way the mind works. It sort of depends on your point of view. I think it's a good practice.
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Re: Some kind of realisation while trekking?

Postby greentara » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:44 pm

Isn't walking meditation part of all traditional practices? Whether you trek in the bush, walk towards or around a a temple or hill, go on long pilgrimages, silently or quietens the mind.
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Re: Some kind of realisation while trekking?

Postby Jinzang » Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:15 pm

Generally speaking, experiences are possible any time your mind isn't overpowered by the kleshas. They're not limited to the meditation cushion.
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