September 27, 2009

Sit Alone, Sit with Others - Daily Dharma, September 27th, 2009

By sitting with others, even once a week, we reinspire our practice, while in sitting alone we learn self-reliance. Whatever technique one is using, remember that the spirit of practice is more important than the technique. Finding a way to enjoy just sitting is key. Sitting meditation is a refuge, not a test.

–Narayan Liebenson Grady, from “The Refuge of Sitting,” Tricycle, Winter 2003

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Jeanette's picture

Nobody's business.

alan's picture

And while I'm at it can someone please explain the meaning of this:
"In a very real way, what happens when we sit is none of our business".
Really?
Who's business is it?

alan's picture

If the pain is caused by weak muscles, Yoga is the prescription.
"Technique" has nothing to do with posture, so keep at it.

Benjamin's picture

I injured my vertebrae in a boating accident last year. Consequently, it is difficult for me to do sitting meditation on the floor. I recently have started sitting in a chair but I've felt guilty, almost like it does not count. I found this quote to be very inspirational- "the spirit of practice is more important than the technique." I would be very interested in hearing from others who have back problems and how they have dealt with sitting through the pain. By, the way, I also enjoy walking meditation. With Metta.

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