How far you can go with Micca Jhana?

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How far you can go with Micca Jhana?

Post by SarathW » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:34 am

How far you can go with Micca Jhana?

I have no doubt Mitya Jhana can go up to first Jhana.
Some times I wonder Mitya Jhana can go as far as third Jhana. (I may be wrong)
The question I have is whether Mitya Jahana can go beyond third Jhana.
When I say Mitya Jhana means unwholesome concentration or house hold type Jhana.
Murderer, a person accomplishing a difficult task etc.

EDIT:Please note it is Micca not Mitya.
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Re: How far you can go with Mitya Jhana?

Post by mikenz66 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:38 am

SarathW wrote:a.
When I say Mitya Jhana means unwholesome concentration or house hold type Jhana.
Do you mean micca? I don't think "mitya" is a Pali word...

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Re: How far you can go with Mitya Jhana?

Post by cjmacie » Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:43 pm

SarathW wrote:How far you can go with Mitya Jhana?

I have no doubt Mitya Jhana can go up to first Jhana.
Some times I wonder Mitya Jhana can go as far as third Jhana. (I may be wrong)
The question I have is whether Mitya Jahana can go beyond third Jhana.
When I say Mitya Jhana means unwholesome concentration or house hold type Jhana.
Murderer, a person accomplishing a difficult task etc.
Is that metta (Skt = maitrī)?

In which case, according to Visuddhimagga, can not go past 3rd Jhana because the object is an external focus; likewise karuna & mudita.

The only Brahmavihara that can go to 4th jhana being upekkha (equanimity).

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Re: How far you can go with Mitya Jhana?

Post by perkele » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:56 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Do you mean micca? I don't think "mitya" is a Pali word...
"Mitya" is sinhalese for "micca", apparently.

I think the term "mitya jhana" or "micca jhana" does not refer to anything canonical.

The term "micca samadhi" appears in the canon, for example here: AN 10.103: Micchatta Sutta - Wrongness
"In a person of wrong view, wrong resolve comes into being. In a person of wrong resolve, wrong speech. In a person of wrong speech, wrong action. In a person of wrong action, wrong livelihood. In a person of wrong livelihood, wrong effort. In a person of wrong effort, wrong mindfulness. In a person of wrong mindfulness, wrong concentration (micca samadhi). In a person of wrong concentration, wrong knowledge. In a person of wrong knowledge, wrong release.
But I think all these "wrong" counterparts of the factors of the eightfold path are nowhere defined. One would have to infer what it means.

But as for samadhi, I think that samma samadhi, i.e. right concentration, is actually defined as the jhanas (somewhere, I don't know where). So micca samadhi would have to be some form of concentration that has nothing to do with the jhanas, and the term "micca jhana" would be an oxymoron.

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Re: How far you can go with Mitya Jhana?

Post by SarathW » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:14 pm

mikenz66 wrote:
SarathW wrote:a.
When I say Mitya Jhana means unwholesome concentration or house hold type Jhana.
Do you mean micca? I don't think "mitya" is a Pali word...

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Thanks Mike yes it is Micca.
Sorry, I have the habit of writing as per Sinhalease language.
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Post by SarathW » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:20 pm

In a person of wrong concentration, wrong knowledge. In a person of wrong knowledge, wrong release.
Yes I meant wrong concentration.
My understanding is Jhana factors (Vitakka, Viccara etc.) are found in wrong concentration as well.
The way I understand, in wrong concentration you are going thorough stages similar to first Jhana etc.
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Post by _anicca_ » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:07 am

I don't think you could go much farther than a state of non-perception (I.E. Blocking everything out, similar to being asleep) or delusion concentration (a feeling of samadhi, but without proper focus on the object of meditation).
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