Too much prostrations?

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Too much prostrations?

Postby Sonrisa » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:06 pm

Lately, I have begun prostrations. The thing is, since I have not done them so often before, my body aches >_< Is this normal?

Is there such thing as too much prostrating?

PS: please excuse me for asking this silly question. I did not know on what other thread to ask it on.
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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby Indrajala » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:15 pm

It is like taking up weight lifting -- at first your muscles are not used to it and it aches, but eventually your body gets used to it and it becomes painless.

Take it slowly! :smile:
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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby Blue Garuda » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:09 pm

When I started martial arts training my teacher said: 'The first 10 years hurt the most.'

When I started in Buddhism, my teacher should perhaps have said: 'The first 100,000 prostrations are the worst.'

Light hearted, but maybe pretty accurate! LOL :)

I would advise building up slowly. If you ache you may need someone to show you how to stretch etc. to remove lactic acid aches, especially in the legs. Repeatedly getting up from the ground to a standing position is quite a workout.

People with a physical inability to perform full prostration can perform mental prostrations which, as far as I know, are considered as powerful. In both cases one can visualise multiple copies of yourself all prostrating together, which adds to the experience IMHO, and of course keeps the mind from focus on any discomfort, as can combining the prostrations with mantras. ;)
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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby nirmal » Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:03 am

Never too much for me.Besides reducing the sorrow of pride,prostrations are a form of yoga, a good form of exercise to keep me fit. I also prostrate when my guru comes to my house to show my humility as I worship him with great devotion.I prostrate to him as if he were a Buddha

From prostration practice,devotion arises and the secret wheel is easily opened even though the Gelugpas say that it can only be done through the third initiation.Prostrations is the other method. Prostrations also help one to get rid of all sorts of troubles and dangers. Even disease may fail to attack us if our mind is centered upon this devotional practice.Even a burglar, when respected, will not harm us what more the Buddhas.
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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby plwk » Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:29 am

Imagine 100k mental prostrations...wat a feat Image

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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby spiritnoname » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:58 am

Generally speaking, normal people do not do enough prostrations, definitely don't tell them to do less. But some of the more fanatic practitioners damage their knees,.. so be careful of that or you'll end up in a wheel chair like Chagdud Tulku.

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Re: Too much prostrations?

Postby spiritnoname » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:13 pm

After 50-150 prostrations you may have runners high,.. your body is largely numb from that point,.. people that are doing prostrations for ngondro or retreats hit that stage and continue in a fanatical way, later when runners high stops they might realize damage to knees.


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