Nimittas

The cultivation of calm or tranquility and the development of concentration
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Nimittas

Postby Motova » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:03 am

May nimittas be experienced outside of a meditative state?
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Re: Nimittas

Postby polarbear101 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:23 am

That depends entirely on what you think the word nimitta means.
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Nimittas

Postby Motova » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:33 am

Watch the frog.

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Re: Nimittas

Postby polarbear101 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:47 am

It sounds like the definition of nimitta that you're using is a specific narrow definition achieved through a specific kind of meditative state. Anyway, here are some sources on the word nimitta:

http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/nimitta.html

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2770

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

http://measurelessmind.ca/nimitta.html

I would read all of these to get a good idea of what the word nimitta means.

:anjali:
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Nimittas

Postby Motova » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:20 pm

Watch the frog.

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Re: Nimittas

Postby daverupa » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:01 pm

I think you probably consider nimitta to be phosphenes, which seems to be the commentarial understanding of that term. But nimitta is used much more generally in the suttas, referring to 'theme' or 'sign' generally, and not lights in the mind.

It's related to the skillful chef who can pick up the theme of his master; so too, a skilled meditator should pick up the theme of their mind, and tune it neither too tight nor too slack.

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Re: Nimittas

Postby Motova » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:27 pm

Watch the frog.

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Re: Nimittas

Postby santa100 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:00 pm

This link refers to the various meanings of Nimitta..

http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-con ... a-piya.pdf

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Re: Nimittas

Postby Motova » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:48 pm

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Re: Nimittas

Postby Babadhari » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:20 pm

just curious if you've ever experimented with hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, DMT or psiloscobin mushrooms.... there is a disorder called HPPD, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucinogen_persisting_perception_disorder
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Re: Nimittas

Postby pilgrim » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:56 am

See in the dark? You could be a candidate for Stan Lee's "Superhumans".
Of interest:
"Practitioners of Buddhist meditation have reported seeing globes, jewels and little stars during meditation-induced light experiences. The neurobiological explanation for these visions was the subject of a recent study"
http://www.browndailyherald.com/2014/02 ... y-science/

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Re: Nimittas

Postby SarathW » Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:52 am

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Nimittas

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:43 am

See also this discussion:

:anjali:
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