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    Meditation

    Hi,

    Can you be a Buddhist without Meditating, but follow the 5 precepts ?


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    Welcome Brickie !

    In answer to your question - yes, you can.

    Can I ask why you don't want to meditate?


    with kind wishes

    Aloka

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    Hi Aloka,

    I have Arthritis in my back and legs, which make it hard to meditate.

    Thanks,

    Brickie

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    Hello Brickie,

    Be welcome here!

    I think you can meditate in any posture. The important think is to focus in your breathing in and out, watching it and to watch your thoughts as they arise and fade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brickie View Post
    Hi Aloka,

    I have Arthritis in my back and legs, which make it hard to meditate.

    Thanks,

    Brickie

    Hi Brickie,

    You could try sitting in a chair or even lying on your back if necessary. There are no restrictions about sitting in lotus or cross legged if one has physical problems.

    kind wishes

    Aloka

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    Thank you Aloka and Esho, I have mental health issues too, and I think I use those to be lazy and not to bother doing meditation. It's a very bad habit, but, it's the least line of resistance.

    My nearest Vihara is difficult to get to, and sometimes I need the calming influence of Bhikkhu's or an Ajahn, but that's not possible. I know I'm not alone in this situation, but, when things overwhelm me I seem to get no help.

    Sorry, I've diversified a lot here from my original thread. But it's all part of the same thing.

    Please forgive me something bad happened a few days ago, and my head is in a bad place right now.

    Thanks for all your help it's appreciated.

    In Metta,

    Brickie

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    no worries, Brickie

    you can be a Buddhist without meditating but follow the 5 precepts

    in the ancient scriptures, one will rarely find the Buddha instructing meditation to lay people

    Buddha taught lay people that if they follow the five precepts they will live happily in the here & now and have a favourable rebirth

    kind regards
    Last edited by Element; 03 Mar 12 at 09:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brickie View Post
    Hi Aloka,

    I have Arthritis in my back and legs, which make it hard to meditate.

    Thanks,

    Brickie
    Brickie

    I have never been able to sit crossed legged.

    I sit and meditate and always have done.

    Peace

    Gerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Element View Post
    no worries, Brickie

    you can be a Buddhist without meditating but follow the 5 precepts

    in the ancient scriptures, one will rarely find the Buddha instructing meditation to lay people

    Buddha taught lay people that if they follow the five precepts they will live happily in the here & now and have a favourable rebirth

    kind regards
    It is true that the Buddha rarely taught meditation to lay people but it is a different time now and I would guess that most lay Buddhists practice meditation. Of course following the precepts will help you and you can live a relatively happy life. However, I can't imagine my practice growing as much as it has without meditation.

    Also you can practice active meditation. You don't have to be sitting to be in the right frame of mind. You have many options but I would highly recommend meditation no matter what kind.

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