Your statements according to canon as you interpret them seem to go directly against what mr Goenka teaches.
Do you feel that he is mistaken and teaching something other than Buddha was teaching. I’ve also read mahasi sayadaw teachings and his description of passing through insight knowledges and they seem identical to mr Goenkas teachings and they fit very well with my experiential understanding.
What you seem to be saying is both of these teachers are wrong?
Is this so?
Goenka is very far from original buddhism, yes. Mahasi Sayadaw is closer, but still, his teaching is based entirely on later canonical literature which itself has a number of mistakes. Buddha himself said that any kind of tradition is not reliable (MN 95) and thus one must compare everything with original suttas and original vinaya (DN 16 or АN 4.180).
I don’t think so,
It would seem that one would be working with breaking the attachment to these jhanas sitting and observing the rapture and bliss as suffering very refined pleasant states but impermanent in nature and therefore ultimately unsatisfactory.
Maybe yes, maybe no. Anyway, Buddha said that pleasure of jhana should not be feared because it has nothing to do with unwholesome.
Zom, you make a convincing case, but I'm yet to see a sutta reference that says in order to have experienced jhana at all one must have the ability to sit for extended periods of time.
I didn't say that. I said that if one has mastered
jhana, then he must have an ability to set its length - be it 1 second or 100 hours. Of course, if you are just approaching jhana, never experienced it, you are unskilful in setting its length, this is totally new ground for you, and thus it can last for some random period of time. But I strongly doubt you need many years of practice to set the desired time. Again, if we take that Therigatha account, a bhikkhuni there was unable to enter jhana at all. But then, when the right time came, she managed to do it and sat in it for 7 days (and became an arahant on the 8th day). We also know canonical account about certain "problems with jhanas" of Ven. Moggallana. However, he was able to get through that pretty fast, and became an arahant in two weeks of his "problematic" jhana practice.