Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Academic Sutta NameNotes PSA PlaeVaggaNikayaPTSKeywords
AN.VII.58 Moggallaana Sutta The Buddha enumerates to Moggallaana seven ways to overcome the hindrance of sleepiness in meditation; 1. do not intensify or pay attention to the feeling of sleepiness in the mind; 2. reflect over the Dhamma teachings one has heard; 3. repeat the Dhamma teachings one has heard; 4. pull the ear-lobes and rub the limbs with one's hands; 5. stand up and look at the stars, clean the eyes with water and survey the horizons; 6. make brightness as your mental object, and; 7. walking meditation.
If you still cannot overcome sleepiness, go to sleep on one's right side making the resolution to wake up a a certain time and not to be indolent in one's sleeping habits.
The Buddha continues with the following teaching advising Moggallaana: 1. that a monk should not to be inflated with his own pride when visiting families (like an elephant showing off its trunk) because if the family don't have enough time to give their full attention, the monk will feel dejected; 2. that a monk should not talk in a provocative way, and; 3. that a monk should not associate with others just for the sake of gregariousness. In addition, monks who are to reach the ultimate Dhamma, to be released from craving, must not be attached to mental phenomena, overcoming the impermanence of the feelings [veda.na].
37/183 Sattaka Nipaata, Unallocated Pa.n.naasaka A"nguttara A.iv. overcoming sleepiness


Previous Page | Contents | Next Page