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When is the right time for someone to begin Buddhist meditation and prostrations?

I’m learning about Buddhism and I was wondering when is a good time for me to begin prostrations and meditation?
also, what is the significance in Buddhist prostration?

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  • Prostrations are a mahayana practice, so not all buddhists do them. I think they result in a bit of a natural high if you do them for long enough. I stayed for a while in a monastery and they were very into getting you to do it and got all happy when you did- like you had joined the club. I don’t really know what that was about but it made me stop it because i got suss on the whole thing- also the meditation didn’t work very well for me. I got into doing Sahaja Yoga afterwards and it worked much more easily than the concentration exercises the buddhist monks were teaching. I also wasn’t really into joining a religion and listening to priests and all that stuff. Had enough of that with the christianity. Even if they do wear natty saffron robes.

  • Prostrations are a good way to reduce your ego and pride. I have found, thus far, that you are either love ’em or hate ’em 😉 They work for me. I was told that it’s best not to do them if you are not comfortable with them.

    Remember that these sort of rituals are symbolic, are tools-some people need them and some don’t, due to our karma. For example, let’s take a blessed cord that you may receive from a Lama. If you lose that cord, you don’t lose the blessing of the Lama, it is carried in your heart/mind. The cord was just a tool to remind you of this.

    I do prostrations before and after teachings, usually after the teacher finishes his/her prostrations. Also, due to the vows I have taken, I do three in the morning and three in the evening. If this is a practice you enjoy and find helpful, you should do them when ever the idea strikes you 😉 There is a practice called 35 Buddhas that you may enjoy! Great for the body, speech, and mind 😀

    There is the idea of 100,000 prostrations, Vajrasattva mantras, mandala offerings are a good thing to do. It helps to purify your karma/vision and is know as ‘preliminaries.’ It is also a good offering, especially if you intend to enter into a guru-discipline relationship with a teacher. It shows you are serious and willing to do the work 😉 lol.

  • Q- When is a good time for me to meditate?
    A- You can do it now. Actually, you can meditate any time while you are awake. You may start at night before you go to sleep or right after you wake up in the morning.

    Q- What is the significance in Buddhist prostration?
    A- It is not that significant in Theravada Buddhism. The more important task is to study and practice according to the Buddha’s teachings.

    There are several kinds of meditation. I would recommend Breathing Meditation (Anapanasati) first. If you do it correctly, you will be successful to obtain the inner peace. But this is not the ultimate goal of Buddhism. You may learn more about Breathing Meditation and Buddhism from the below links.

  • At a quiet time of the day, but not when you are tired as you are suppose to be alert. Ultimately prostration to the Buddha is bowing to your own Buddha nature, everyone’s true nature, but it is generally an act of humility to keep the ego in check, and pay respect to the Buddha or Buddhas.

  • At about 4:30 am.
    Prostration is a sign of submission.
    Obviously there are no invisible sky critters you’re submitting to.
    Be careful who-what you DO submit to.

    The Buddha’s Kalama Sutra

    Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
    Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
    Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
    Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
    But when, after observation and analysis, you find anything that agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
    ~

  • Prostrations have to do with ceremony. As a student of Zen Buddhism, I can’t say I know much about them (We tend to keep things simple). Someone from another school may be able to give you more help with that.

    As for meditation, I’d say now is the right time.
    The idea is to find some quiet time that you have.
    Right effort is key. You don’t want to do too much, and feel like it’s a horrible chore, but you do want to make an effort and find the time to meditate regularly.
    It’s not always easy to do. I find the will to keep at it comes and goes, but the benifits are enormous. (If one can talk of benifits).
    I recommend morning and evening meditation if you can. Don’t overdo it at first. A few minutes a sitting can be quite enough.
    Be patient.

    One drop at a time.

  • I don’t understand when a good time is. You start doing it, you start doing it.
    As for as gestures and prostrations, you’re showing your devotion and the spirituality comes from the gestures.

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