Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 12-13 November 2016 (1)
Thay explained the importance of massaging our body at the end of our sitting meditation, a practice only to be found in our tradition (steps to massage our body can be found here: Meditation and Chanting Guide). Massaging our body helps to relieve the tension and soreness in our body due to the long sitting. By doing so, we keep our body in a good condition for continual sitting meditation practice. The tension and soreness is also a reminder that our body is impermanent and subject to pain and decay. We can still enjoy our sitting meditation despite the soreness and numbness.
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya