Samatha & Vipassanā

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Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

Post by paul » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:25 pm

While supporting the advice recommending samatha, ultimately samatha only suppresses the hindrances; for eradication the practitioner must utilize vipassana.
"In the conditional sequence of the awakening factors, “investigation-of-dhammas” (dhammavicaya) develops out of well-established mindfulness. Such investigation-of-dhammas seems to combine two aspects: on the one hand an inquiry into the nature of experience (by taking “dhammas” to stand for “phenomena”), and on the other a correlation of this experience with the teachings of the Buddha (the “Dhamma”). This twofold character also underlies the word “investigation” (vicaya), derived from the verb vicinati, whose range of meaning includes both “investigating” and “discriminating”. Thus “investigation-of-dhammas” can be understood as an investigation of subjective experience based on the discrimination gained through familiarity with the Dhamma. Such discrimination refers in particular to the ability to distinguish between what is wholesome or skilful for progress on the path, and what is unwholesome or unskilful."---"Satipatthana", Ven. Analayo
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Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

Post by xofz » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:02 pm

Indeed, vipassana is where Fruition lies. Calm abiding is merely there as an invitation for direct insight and, while it can be helpful, is actually not necessary!
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Re: Samatha & Vipassanā

Post by Saengnapha » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:08 am

xofz wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:02 pm
Indeed, vipassana is where Fruition lies. Calm abiding is merely there as an invitation for direct insight and, while it can be helpful, is actually not necessary!
It seems to me that samatha is something that you do, while vipassana is something that happens to you without any volition to achieve it.

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