What is Sitting Meditation in Buddhism?
Sitting Meditation in Zen Buddhism
In Zen Buddhism, sitting meditation is an important practice. Sitting meditation asks for full attention and concentration as well as a set place and a set time. Early morning is the best time to do sitting meditation, since early morning is the beginning of the day. The benefits of meditation in the early morning will linger all day. However, sitting meditation in the evening is not a good idea, since it will disturb one’s sleep pattern and cause drowsiness.
How to Practice Sitting Meditation?
One is encouraged to start sitting meditation from a short time, but make sure it is quality time. After some short-time practice, one can lengthen it.
- Straight back is vital for sitting meditation. One can try to sit straight in a chair or kneel astride a soft cushion or sit cross-legged, which requires stability and patience. It is the simplest form of sitting. With sitting meditation, the knees don’t need to be touching the floor. Although it sounds simple, keeping the spine straight is a challenge.
- The Burmese position is similar to sitting cross-legged, but one has to make the knees touch the floor.
- Use a good cushion to lift your bottom and hips.
- Wear comfortable and cozy clothing. While doing sitting meditation, you should relax your stomach as much as possible.
- Raise your head up and keep eyes half-closed. If one’s eyes are wide open, one is easily distracted by surroundings. On the other hand, with eyes fully shut, one may easily get into a dreamy state.
- Keep your hands in front with the right one cupping the left one and thumbs forming an oval. Relax shoulders as much as possible.
All in all, what is important in sitting meditation is one’s posture and position.