just speaking from personal experience i find music highly distracting; maybe it's pop music? but even buddhist songs like the imee ooi i find intolerable and turn off as fast as i canDooDoot wrote: ↑Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:17 amIn my opinion, music is a very trivial thing. If music itself is an obstacle to Dhamma practice then, in my opinion, there must not be a strong motivation for Dhamma practice. Its like saying a feather in a box is an obstacle to lifting the box. In reality, it is the heavy things in the box that are obstacles to lifting the box rather than the feather. Often music is part of a box of sensual pleasures, such as in the phrase "sex-drugs-rock-&-roll". If the wrong sex & drugs are abandoned, music is generally not a big deal or obstacle.
that was one of the first things i let go of and thinking back on it vs now i'm able to retain a clearer mind with less worry. less passion, more focus
i suspect that this is the true nature of music but that tolerance and even mild enjoyment are conditioned. interesting analysis tho with the 'sex drugs and rock n roll', i bet there is validity to that and dn 31 agrees. still in another sutta or maybe it is the vinaya singing and dancing are compared to wailing and madness,