zangskar wrote:Hey Paul If you don't mind me asking; do you have a totally strict or slightly more relaxed schedule, do you vary between seated and walking meditation, have you prepared meals in advance, and this sort of thing. I realize this will to some extent be individual and also depending on exactly what type of meditation or other practices are done, but I'm just looking for some inspiration and different viewpoints.
I tend to do it when possible in an actual Buddhist centre. This means that I have my meals brought to me.
As far as a schedule goes, the traditional routine is to have three sessions in the morning and three in the afternoon evening. I just meditate for an hour or ninety minutes at a stretch, stop and read for 20 minutes, do prostrations or whatever and then meditate again.
It is important to be able to deal with getting too spaced out, too uptight or getting doubts. How to deal with any of these will depend on what you're doing.
"Do not block your six senses; delight in them with joy and ease.
All that you take pleasure in will strengthen the awakened state.
With such a confidence, empowered by the regal state of natural mind,
The training now is simply this: lets your six senses be at ease and free." - Princess Parani