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How to succeed in meditation

The West Australian: Preparation is the key to a successful meditation session.

Dharmapala Buddhist Centre nun Gen Kelsang Nampur recommended choosing a well-ventilated, quiet area with a comfortable temperature.

Sit with a straight back – whether on the floor or in a chair. She advises against lying down to meditate – particularly around bedtime.

“Often meditation will wake you up, so it’s best not to do it before you go to sleep,” she said.

“You can also train yourself to fall asleep in meditation, so it’s best to keep those things separate.”

So when’s the best time of day?

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Comment from Dewaine Rester
Time: April 3, 2013, 11:55 am

the advice given by Gen Kelsang is solid advice for seated meditation. However, the photo used of a bikini model sitting
crossed legged is counter to that solid advice. To sit in the way this model is sitting, it is very difficult to keep the back straight. Also, sitting on a beach is not a quite spot. The “ventilation” at a beach is such that a person in a deep state of meditation would probably catch a cold. Photos such as this give a disservice to the act of meditation and make it look silly.

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