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Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep - Bhikkhu Pesala - 01-23-2018

Added the Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep

The Buddha exhorts Mahāmoggallāna, teaching him seven methods for staying awake. He then attains Arahantship just seven days after his ordination.


RE: Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep - Bag of Bones - 02-06-2018

"If, by abiding thus, you are not able to expel the drowsiness, Moggallāna, then pay attention to the perception of light, resolving on the perception of daytime — as it is by day so it is by night; as it is by night, so it is by day. Thus with the mind awake and clear, develop a mind pervaded with light. Then it is possible, Moggallāna, that abiding thus you will be able to expel the drowsiness.[87]"

What does it mean, bhante, to develop a mind pervaded by light, and how is that accomplished?
Drowsiness in sitting meditation is a big problem for me because my work is very physical and hard my body, so when I sit my body says sleep.


RE: Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep - Bhikkhu Pesala - 02-06-2018

To be honest, I don't know, never having tried it myself.

Sitting out in the open air certainly helps, especially if there's a full-moon.


RE: Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep - jeffR - 02-08-2018

"pay attention to the perception of light, resolving on the perception of daytime... "

Although I don't know either, it appears to me it is by putting ones attention on the perception of light.  Allowing the mind to perceive light as it is perceived in daytime.


RE: Pacalāyamāna Sutta — Falling Asleep - Bag of Bones - 02-14-2018

Interesting...Thank you Jeff


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