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For 10 years I've meditated every day. First 8 years c. 8 hours each day. Since last year the suffering ended but I can not remain fully aware during sleep. I consider a long all night sitting retreat at home. What could you say about spiritual benefits of meditating at night? And what challenges?

Having practiced zazen for ten years, eight hours a day are great efforts. And for the suffering to have ended is a result of those. And thus I believe it would be good to sit all night zazen. Sitting is so important, yet also the time when you do not sit, how about that? Also that time needs to become zazen, or else the true meaning of zazen gets lost. Zazen is about forgetting yourself. Breaking through time, breaking through space, the world and I become one. So the meaning is not in how much you actually sit, but that when you sit, that you do it completely. It is my wish that you go so far, that you forget your body completely.

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