The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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although we could add to this crouching, bending, squatting, and several others.
An observer once said of the Buddha: ‘He walks neither too fast nor too slow ....
He walks effortlessly .... When sitting he does not fidget with his feet ... or sit with his hand on his chin ....
When he goes to a monastery, before he sits on the seat that has been prepared for him, he washes his feet, although he does not make a big fuss of it.
Having washed his feet he sits down cross-legged, with his back straight, bringing mindfulness to the fore.’ (M.II,137-9).
When the Buddha lay down to rest or to sleep he always did so in what was called the ‘lion posture’ (sīhāsana), i.e. on his right side, with one foot on the other, mindful and fully aware (S.I,27,106).
Most people find it helpful to put a pillow under their buttocks, place their hands either in their lap or on their knees and close their eyes. Some mediators might find it suits them better to sit on a chair rather than on the floor.
The two most important aspects of good meditation posture are
Those whose goal is to develop mindfulness, should do so with a regimen of regular sitting practise.
The Buddha said: ‘A monk has full awareness while coming and going, while reaching out his hands or drawing them back, while putting on his robes and carrying his bowl, while eating and drinking, chewing and tasting, even while defecating and urinating.