Thread: Why are eyes open in Zazen?

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    Why are eyes open in Zazen?

    Soto Zen teacher Brad Warner answers a question:

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    Forums Member Esho's Avatar
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    We keep eyes open to keep alertness while concentrated and during observation of thoughts and breathing.

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    I do a lot of visualisation meditation, so I usually meditate with eyes closed.

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    I meditate with eyes open, as taught by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher at Samatha meditation classes a number of years ago and followed by a Mahamudra meditation course (also with eyes open) given by another Tibetan teacher at a later date.


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    I used to meditate with eyes closed, but found I would drop off to sleep or daydream in the evenings, after a days work. Since practicing Zazen with eyes half closed, I have found it much easier to focus and stay alert.

    I also like Brad's mention of letting go of 'self' - closed eyes made me feel like thinking or 'self' existed behind my eyeballs, whereas that seemed to lessen with the eyes open.
    Last edited by JadeRabbit; 12 Jan 21 at 09:38.

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