daverupa wrote:I see arupa jhana, but do not see rupa jhana, which is interesting.
The list of 40 kammatthana or meditation objects is derived from Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga, which enumerates the arupa jhanas but not the rupa jhanas. Personally, I would not include either the rupa or arupa jhanas as "forms" of meditation, but as "results" or "attainments." Yet I can see where if one was included (arupa jhanas), it would make sense to include the other (rupa jhanas).
daverupa wrote:Also, while it's in line with your stated project to use Theravadan categories in this way, I wonder whether this isn't a good time to emphasize that satipatthana isn't really one sort of vipassana style; it actually cultivates both qualities - samatha and vipassana - and any other method, done well, is ultimately a version of satipatthana, in my experience.
Likewise, I would not classify anapanasati as exclusively samatha, but as either vipassana or samatha (and often both) depending on the context. My personal practice is based largely on yuganaddha, the cultivation of both qualities in tandem. The list, however, is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. One may notice that kayagatasati is included twice, under both samatha and vipassana. The same adjustment can be made for satipatthana and anapanasati as the list is updated.