I have a question - have you heard about sleep practices in EA buddhism? I remember Ven. Yin Shun mentioning visualizing white light berfore falling asleep. Does anyone know more about this? What school or scripture does it come from? What's its purpose?
Amitabha Sleeping Yoga
Quality sleep is one of the four essential daily activities. Most people sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a day – a third of their lifespan – yet many suffer from sleep deprivation, unable to sleep well and are often tired during the day. They may lie in bed, but are too frenetic or anxious to rest properly. People who do not sleep well are often short-tempered, forgetful and lack mindfulness.
The Buddha taught meditation applicable to all four types of human activity: sitting, standing, walking and lying down. Combining meditation with the preparations for going to sleep is a form of the discipline of meditation called sleeping yoga. The teachings on Amitabha Sleeping Yoga have been handed down as an unbroken transmission by great the Tibetan Sakya masters, and this is the first time that Lama Choedak Rinpoche has offered these teachings as a workshop. By receiving the special instructions on this practice, you will learn the powerful skill of sleeping well without resorting to other means, e.g. sleeping pills, and many positive changes to your waking hours will result.
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