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Re: Anapanasati meditation question

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:04 pm
by Dinsdale
daverupa wrote:The term means "experiencing rapture" alongside the breathing, "sensitive to rapture" alongside the breathing; not focusing on it.
Yes, continuing attention on the breath provides continuity and acts as an "anchor" for the practice.

Re: Anapanasati meditation question

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:39 am
by alfaaa
daverupa wrote:
alfaaa wrote:What does buddha mean 'breathe in (and out) while focusing on rapture etc.'? :thinking:
The term means "experiencing rapture" alongside the breathing, "sensitive to rapture" alongside the breathing; not focusing on it.
What does that mean? Does he mean rapture is always there and we have to experience it, or must we create it through breathing?

Re: Anapanasati meditation question

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:49 am
by daverupa
Rapture has a cause.

Rapture leads to tranquility and on to happiness, so if there is a suitable basis this chain can occur during anapanasati and leads straight into concentration (samadhi).

With respect to the instructions for anapanasati, one simply notes these in turn as one breathes right along and, noting them in comparison the way one is already used to doing with in-vs.-out breathing (and long vs. short breaths) the nature of coarse & refined mental fabrication generally comes into view, itself something to tranquilize and let go of, the way one brought the body generally into view, tranquilized it, and let go of it in the first tetrad.

The similarity of the tetrads is that they all use a given phenomenological set in order to facilitate grouping up, calming, & letting go, leading into jhana and, ideally, samma-samadhi.

Re: Anapanasati meditation question

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:20 am
by SarathW
Can you explain rapture according to your own experience?
I can't differentiate gladness from rapture.
:thinking:

Re: Anapanasati meditation question

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:04 am
by daverupa
Rapture is a static-y thrill that's similar to frisson, -ish. Like the first minutes of a heavy rain after a long hot and humid day.

Tranquility is the cool, overcast post-storm period. Gladness is a contented quiescence, an affable confidence.