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  • Dojin
    Member
    • May 2008
    • 562

    Glasses

    For all of you who wear glasses.

    do you sit with your glasses on or off?
    and for Jundo and Taigu, is there any (official treeleaf) suggestions for sitting with or without glasses?

    Gassho, Dojin.
    I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
    - the Buddha
  • Ryumon
    Member
    • Apr 2007
    • 1706

    #2
    Re: Glasses

    Off. I find that it allows my eyes to blur a bit more, so I don't see anything too clearly. And if I left them on, I'd certainly feel them and be annoyed.
    ---
    Ryūmon (Kirk)
    流文

    SAT/LAH

    I know nothing.

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    • Seona
      Member
      • Oct 2008
      • 56

      #3
      Re: Glasses

      I sit with my glasses on. I do this because the very first Zen priest I learned Zazen from also wore glasses and I once posed this same question to him. I don't know if I will explain his answer properly, but he thought that if one wore glasses all the time, they should be worn during Zazen as well because it doesn't really benefit you to make sitting easier by compromising your sight.
      The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
      ~ HH the Dalai Lama

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      • BrianL

        #4
        Re: Glasses

        I sit with them off, but recently I've wondered why. If I'm supposed to be experiencing each moment as it is, and I usually wear them...

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        • threethirty
          Member
          • Dec 2011
          • 170

          #5
          Re: Glasses

          I sit with them on. I get headaches if i dont wear them.
          --Washu
          和 Harmony
          秀 Excellence

          "Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body" George Carlin Roshi

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          • Rich
            Member
            • Apr 2009
            • 2602

            #6
            Re: Glasses

            I wear glasses for nearsightedness and reading. They have a progressive bifocal built in. I am more comfortable sitting with glasses off but do wear them occasionally. Not too much difference just a little more comfort.
            _/_
            Rich
            MUHYO
            無 (MU, Emptiness) and 氷 (HYO, Ice) ... Emptiness Ice ...

            https://instagram.com/notmovingmind

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            • disastermouse

              #7
              Re: Glasses

              I keep them on...mostly because it's the most natural thing. I started out just doing spontaneous meditation and leaving them on reminds me that even though I sit in a funny posture, I'm not really doing anything special.

              Chet

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              • Jundo
                Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                • Apr 2006
                • 39456

                #8
                Re: Glasses

                Hi,

                Sometimes I sit with them on, sometimes I sit with them off. The vital part is to not give them any thought ("don't give 'em no nevermind" in that Americanism slang). That is how to really See Clearly! 8)

                I have seen teachers sit with them on or take them off. Like Homeless Kodo Sawaki here ...





                Sometimes it is said that searching for one's Buddha Nature is like searching for the eyeglasses perched right on one's nose! Or the eye searching for the eye! 8)

                Gassho, J (the baby hid my glasses yesterday, been looking all over for them!)
                ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                • Neika
                  Member
                  • Dec 2008
                  • 229

                  #9
                  Re: Glasses

                  I always sit with them on. I have tried, in the past, to sit without them, but since I wear glasses all of the time I found that it just added a distraction to my practice.
                  Neika / Ian Adams

                  寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
                  火 Ka - Fire

                  Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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                  • Hoyu
                    Member
                    • Nov 2010
                    • 2020

                    #10
                    Re: Glasses

                    I usually sit with them on and have only tried sitting without as an experiment. Usually when I sit my focus relaxes so much that afterwards I have this noticable side effect of my vision being somewhat blurry! I thought that if I didn't wear my glasses it might make a difference with this issue. Didn't work so I just keep them on to avoid the hassle.

                    Gassho,
                    Hoyu
                    Ho (Dharma)
                    Yu (Hot Water)

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                    • Ekai
                      Member
                      • Feb 2011
                      • 664

                      #11
                      Re: Glasses

                      I am usually wearing my contacts or glasses when I sit. My eyesight is too blurry without anything.

                      Gassho,
                      Ekai

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                      • Taigu
                        Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                        • Aug 2008
                        • 2710

                        #12
                        Re: Glasses

                        On and off.


                        gassho


                        T.

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                        • Undo
                          Member
                          • Jun 2007
                          • 495

                          #13
                          Re: Glasses

                          On. I found things would get a little blurry without them and a little drowsy.
                          Not so keen on contact lenses though, I found them quite drying.

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                          • Dosho
                            Member
                            • Jun 2008
                            • 5784

                            #14
                            Re: Glasses

                            Usually on, but occasionally off if I'm particularly tense. I tend to find the blurriness distracting when they are off.

                            Gassho,
                            Dosho

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                            • Daijo
                              Member
                              • Feb 2012
                              • 530

                              #15
                              Re: Glasses

                              I do not wear glasses, so maybe this will help. I certainly would never put them on to do zazen.

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