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Why doesn’t the Buddha get Deep Vein Thrombosis?

by rhysaurus:

Sitting in the lotus position for eternity… Surely that can’t be good for the health?
This may sound like a flippant question, but in fact it’s a serious one. Isn’t the long inactivity associated with certain meditation postures likely to increase the chance of potentially fatal blood clots? If not, why not?
(I am a Buddhist myself, but I find meditation to be almost impossibly difficult endeavour).

Answer by ʎəʌəəʍ ʎəʌəəd ʎəʌəəls
because he does his in-flight exercises

but seriously. I think half the point of the Buddhas life was that he renounced the ascetic life and came back to be with people instead of sitting by himself in the forest meditating the whole time. he realized that wasn’t the way to go.
It’s not necessary to spend hours and hours forcing yourself to meditate.

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There’s no doubt that meditation is nearly impossibly difficult. But that difficulty comes from the mind’s resistance – not from any physical risk. In 20 years of steady meditation, including many long retreats, I’ve never heard of anyone suffering any kind of injury from meditation practice. Occasionally, someone will have a knee injury that prevents them from sitting cross-legged, in which case they sit in a chair. A well-run meditation hall includes walking meditation between sitting meditation periods. Sit for 30 minutes, walk for 10 minutes, and repeat. (Or whatever the length of the sitting period.) This pattern of walking… Read more »

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he’s a brass neck that one brass knees too and that’s gotta help the situation the one in my nannies parlour was brass anyway.You have a point though with the blood clots maybe as the body is so relaxed during meditation blood may flow at a better rate than if tense

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Actually, if you read the sutra carefully, there is no information about a person sitting in the lotus position for eternity.

The Buddha and his men are SUPPOSED to be begging for food every morning and eat before noon. Then they have their daily studies. They only meditate when all their studies is done.