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by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

Thanks, Mike.

Hi DooDoot. No. I don’t believe perception is thinking and I’m not opposed to your interpretation of what vittaka is in this style of jhana.
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

So, I see a contradiction here with this style of jhana and MN 111. Do you not? “‘Then, lord, being conscious & awake when the rain-deva was raining, the rain-deva was pouring, lightning-streaks were shooting out, and a thunderbolt split (the air), you neither saw anything nor heard a sound .’ “‘Ye...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

We can argue that one until the cows come home. A better point for me is to point out that MN 111 specifically attributes perception to the first seven jhanas. Then it explicitly leaves out perception in the eighth and ninth jhanas. Our mendicant couldn’t have been in any of the first seven jhanas a...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

If so, does it contradict MN 111? Does MN 111 say there is hearing of sound in jhana? There are suttas they say a monk didn't hear 500 carts or an earthquake when in jhana. One time, Pukkusa, I was staying near Ātumā in a threshing-barn. And on that occasion, when the rain-deva was raining, the rai...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

I believe it is stated in the suttas that Sariputta once spent 15 consecutive days entering and emerging from the nine jhanas. Apart from the Buddha setting a higher standard - Sariputta might have set the standard with these 15 days. Another question about this style of jhana. I have heard it said ...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

I’ve heard in regards to this style of jhana that if and when you enter it, you have no way of knowing how long you will stay in it.

What relation does this “not knowing” have with intention? Shouldn’t one be able to use their intent to determine the duration of the experience?

Regards,

Pondera
by Pondera
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: 3rd and 4th Jhana as an equanimous look at the world?

"There was the case where Sariputta — quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities — entered & remained in the first jhana: rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. Whatever qualities there are in the first jhana — directed thought, e...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Yes. That’s the Kundalini way. I will not argue that. But there is also a way to incorporate the chakras plus the form elements. Anxiety. Anxiety comes in two forms. And I know it’s distressing and I want to help. The first form is anxiety about the future. It causes the heart to beat faster with a ...
by Pondera
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.
Replies: 26
Views: 504

Re: I'm not satisfied with my meditation.

Hi tamdrin, Don’t let schizophrenia get you down. This is a product of Mara. You know it’s not all in your head? Right? You know there’s some external force causing this? No one can tell you otherwise, despite any qualifications. You are actually in a better position than most non-voice hearing peop...
by Pondera
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Any success? Complaints?
by Pondera
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Negative thoughts

Here’s five ways taught by the Buddha https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soma/wheel021.html And this is the last resort If evil, unskillful thoughts continue to arise in a bhikkhu in spite of his reflection on the removal of a source of unskillful thoughts, he should with clenched teeth and...
by Pondera
Wed May 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

Release tension in the bottom of the heart. This releases tension in the root chakra. This releases tension in the right temporal lobe. This releases tension in the earth chamber of the heart. When the earth property flows through the body and mind, there is rapture. When rapture makes contact with...
by Pondera
Wed May 29, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

what happened with the back pain, why the pain doesn't return? also what was the mental breakdown, you haven't mentally broke down ever since? So, my lower back was inflamed. The nerves, the tissues, the ligaments - they were all inflamed. Every day was torture. Bending was torture. IMO There is a ...
by Pondera
Sun May 26, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

I think you need to go even more basic and preliminary. What comes first? Directing attention to a body part or purposely creating thoughts? The practice starts by directing thoughts towards the body part in order to become familiar with letting go tension in that area. Then, the thought is cultiva...
by Pondera
Sat May 25, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Q & A on my approach to kasina meditation

To answer your question directly - the best way to turn off discursive thoughts in the short term is to suppress the wind chamber of the heart. The associated concrete thought which applies in this case is “equanimity”. But if you read my PDF, there are three key areas that come before the wind cham...