I have known dhammawheel.com for a while, but English isn't my first language and may Buddhism vocabulary is limited, so I usually just read. Recently, I came across a phenomenon that I really want to seek an explanation from Theravada mediation perceptive, so I write this post.
I know some folks who practice Pure Land Buddhism (Buddha-recitation). Some of them claim that they have achieved Buddha-recitation samadhi. Here is how it is described by most of them (not exactly words by words):
They also claim that the Buddha-recitation sound has the power to wipe away confusing thoughts, so they rarely have confusing thoughts.Stage 1: One day, I suddenly heard the Buddha-recitation sound. At first, I thought someone was playing Buddha-recitation audio. I went around to seek for the origin of the sound, but then I realized the sound actually came from within my mind. At this stage, I heard the sound whenever I started Buddha reciting in my mind. Keep practicing Buddha-recitation, then I went to stage 2.
Stage 2: I hear the Buddha-recitation sound all my awaking time (non-stop from waking to before sleeping). Keep practicing Buddha-recitation, then I went to stage 3.
Stage 3: I hear the Buddha-recitation sound 24 hours a day, even while I am sleeping. Sleeping isn't the same as before, when I sleep, I am aware that I am sleeping.
I suspect this is some kind of auditory hallucination, but I am not sure. I wish to hear your comments.