konchokzopa wrote:Hi, its been two and half weeks since i sent the application letter to Pa Auk Forest Monastery for 3 month meditation retreat.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Samatha centres are rather less common than vipassanā centres.
konchokzopa wrote:What i have learned from my Teachers and teachings, that vipassana without at least some grounding and foundation in samatha practice is futile and wont penetrate the mind.
When can one proceed to Vipassanā? In the Ānāpānassati Sutta and the Commentary, the order of practice is to undertake the work of the fourth tetrad only after the attainment of the four jhānas. If one can adhere strictly to this order it is ideal. However, if one finds oneself unable to follow this order of practice one may proceed to insight from the third jhāna. It is permissible to proceed to insight also from the second jhāna, or from the first jhāna, or from access concentration before jhāna is attained, or from the connection stage, or even from the counting stage after the wandering tendencies of the mind have been overcome.
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