Saturday, April 16, 2016
Sleepiness in Meditation
Sariputta (Shariputra) and Moggallāna (Maudgalyanyana) were the two leading disciples of the Buddha's Order. One week after Moggallāna entered the Order he attained the highest enlightenment.
Before his enlightenment, there was an occasion when Moggallāna was meditating in a village. Being unaccustomed to such practices, he kept falling asleep.
He spoke with his teacher, the Buddha, about his sleepiness.
The Buddha explained to Moggallāna a variety of ways to combat drowsiness. The Buddha said in the end if nothing else worked and sleepiness persisted one should simply lie down and sleep. After the rest, resume the meditation.