Temporary sambodhi?

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Temporary sambodhi?

Post by Mal » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:26 am

Ajahn Brahm says in MMB ( p.98) that after the twelfth step of the Anapanasati Sutta (MN118, "you obtain a happiness of jhana so similar to enlightenment happiness that he [the Buddha] named it sambodhi sukha (MN 16, 21). It's a place where the defilements cannot reach... your are awakened and free during this time."

So is this a temporary state equivalent to full enlightenment for the time it lasts?

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Re: Temporary sambodhi?

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:49 pm

It is the suspension of greed, hatred, and delusion - so in that sense, yes, it is. But unlike Nibanna, it is only temporary.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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