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Post by Sekha » Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:27 pm

Nimitta seems to be one of those words having a broad range of significations.

Is it correct to translate it as 'object' when in the context of meditation (ex: refering to the satipatthanas)
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Re: nimitta

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:05 pm

Hi Dukkhanirodha,

Ven Nyanatiloka has a useful summary:
http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Bud ... tm#nimitta" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

As he point out, some of the meanings in the Suttas include "outward appearance" (number 3 in his list) and also "sense object" (his number 4), which I think is what you are referring to.

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Post by Sekha » Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:38 pm

very useful link. I didn't know this one

thank you
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