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Monks if they have any sense follow the Middle Way rather than the extremes of lay Buddhist laxity or extreme Theravadin small hearted dharma.
All dharma and no play makes Buddha a dull gal
In other words, be human not godly/saintly/impossible ...
Hope that helps. Sing it Bodhi!
Belief is no substitute for knowing. Dharma is a gnostic not a belief system.
Is it not mindfulness rather than meditation if you're doing other things at the same time e.g. walking?
Eventually they intertwine ... walking meditation in my experience initially is best practiced very slowly, deliberately and formally. Not just 'going for a mindful walk', which tends to be far more difficult in a distractive way ...
I've tried meditating while lying down but that usually results in falling asleep!
Sloth, falling asleep in a meditation posture is also possible. Been through that a lot. If you are falling asleep, then either sit up, do a led yoga nidra practice, walking meditation ... note the Buddhas supported reclining posture in statues ... I have never fallen asleep during walking meditation - top tip
Zen Buddhist Stories
Maybe (Taoist story)
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "Maybe," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "Maybe," said the farmer.
Gosh what a wise and pertinent tale - maybe
I was interested in trying it as opposed to object meditation or breath meditation. Has anyone tried it? What do you think of during meditation? how did it work for you?
Trying is a good plan, it might suit. Object, breath, mantra or other 'right concentration' forms of training are very useful in the contemplative methods which include:
Koan mulling, used in Zen
Mantra meaning based focus used in Pureland, Nichiren, Shingon, Tendai etc
So we might say concentration aids contemplation.
Idea or analytical meditation, problem solving or goal orientated methods are well suited to the Western mind set that finds 'pure awareness', attention, just sitting etc. as somehow pointless ... which is kinda the point ...
I am familiar with analytic meditation within Sufi and other traditions but have not come across it formally or been taught it in Dharma. So many thanks for sharing I do practice meditation techniques outside of strictly Buddhist dharma even in Buddhist settings. Just as I practice Buddhist meditation if in a Church ...