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Buddhist Monks Sleep Standing Up 2 months 1 week ago #1415

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Why do Buddhist monks sleep upright?
WHO, WHAT, WHY?
The Magazine answers...

A group of Buddhist monks recently emerged from four years in isolation in a retreat in Scotland, having spent their nights sleeping in an upright position. Why?

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Most of us sleep horizontally

The monks at the Samye Dechen Shing Buddhist retreat in Dumfriesshire are supposed to sleep upright in a "meditation box". For less than five hours.

We've all fallen asleep in armchairs, but it seems a different proposition to sit bolt upright every night for four years.

According to Buddhist monks, it is possible to sleep that way, but it's not for the uninitiated. "
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8112619.stm

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