TLCD96 wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:32 pm
So how does this make Jhana seem easy for those who struggle to even put down their phone?
EBT (early buddhist text) first jhana, is very easy relative to the VRJ and ABRJ (Vism. and Ajahn Brahm redefinition of jhana).
They are 2 completely different samadhi training systems. But VRJ and late Theravada have the gall to claim that EBT pali suttas support the VRJ redefinition.
So 'easy' is relative. But for the novice monastic, someone who made the commitment to renounce phones and householder pleasures, with proper understanding of EBT first jhana (at least low quality momentary bursts of it) is easily accessible. The tragedy is many Theravada monastics believe the VRJ reinterpretation, and believe they don't have the karmic merit or capability to do first jhana, so they don't even try. It's like if we pretend Barack Obama (first Black USA president) never happened, and told all African American kids, "You have no chance at ever becoming US President, it's impossible, and no one has ever done it." Most kids would believe it and never even make the attempt.
In my estimation, well over 95% of most humans are capable of having a low quality first jhana experience (lasting a few seconds).
But to be competent in first jhana, for example, meaning if you set aside 30 min to do first jhana, 15 of those 30 min. would be at least a low quality first jhana, would require commitment, daily training, and renunciation worldly entanglements. That's the hard part for most people, they're not convinced that renunciant pleasure is greater than worldly pleasure, so they won't make the effort or commitment to try.
It takes several hours a day IMO (in my opinion) of samadhi training (not just sitting with eyes closed, using samadhi in every activity of the day), but it's doable if one is committed.