I can't fully understand your writing so I may be misunderstanding you, but it seems you're doing some hybrid of mindfulness of breath, sunnata (emptiness), and off-cushion satipathana. In my opinion I don't think this is sufficient, I think you need to get deep first and foremost with anapanasati so that you can understand and know what bliss feels like and what causes it, then you try to bring that knowledge, state of mind and feeling into every day life with sunnata (emptiness) practice and off-cushion satipathana practice. In short, first you make the fire, then once you've made the fire, you can walk around with the fire.auto wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:39 pmJhana is practiced by certain type of people. Not me. I am following orders. If desire or urge rises i try solve it.budo wrote: ↑Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:39 amI'd like to discuss specifics so that we can help eachother master the jhanas. Maybe start a jhanas group as well.
- Are you able to enter the jhanas every time you sit down?
- If not, how often are you able to enter the jhanas? (Once day, week, month, etc..)
- What is the highest jhanas you've mastered?
- What method do you use?
As for me I use a combination of ayya khema/Leigh brasington, henepola gunaratana, and buddhadasa bhikkhu's methods.
The best run I had I was able to enter the first jhana every time I sat down, with a max at 4th jhana on rare days. This was last year. Lately though I am only able to enter the jhana once a week, due to switching over to mahasi vipassana, but now I will be returning to my old samadhi method and routine and hopefully can recover and return to the way things were last year.
I hope we can get a small community of jhana practioners going on, so we can learn from eachother.
Also please no off topic derailing and trolling if you're on this forum but don't follow Buddhism or jhanas
If i would do a breath practice with regular ventilation, that is dry, instead i come aware of breath occasionally and then do it, it is then i feel energy or internal breath and i switch to that breath and then i breath as usual.
If i would do a breathing practice then it is Me doing, there is doer and i gather that i need wait till i forget it and then come aware again and discern that i was gone. I discern that "I" was missing for a while.
Point is that "I" goes missing on throat or somewhere, there is a breath throat mind combo to replica that state without "I going missing". That is if urges are defeated you don't turn away from disgusting things or go to sleep if tired or quit working if feeling sick.
The I goes to head and into faculties. And through faculties you can start cultivate sense of self it gathers into heart and one day will rise and open the center of mind or something..
So i don't get when peopel say there is no self. Yes if self haven't rised/fell pass neck to open belly.
If that's your intention perhaps you should start another thread, as the intention of this thread is specifically focused on Jhanas.