Paññāsikhara wrote:Craving for music is a type of craving for sensual pleasure.
This is the first of the five hindrances to jhana.
That's exactly what my OP implied. So, to ask again, can jhana be attained while not having given up music?
While sensual craving is present
, there is no jhana.
So, one could conceivably listen to music, and then at some other time, enter jhana.
The problem is, the way the mind works, the sensual desire almost leaves a kind of residue in the mind.
Even when the object of desire is not there, one may still arise thoughts of desire for it.
It may take some time to abandon this desire for a suitable continuous period so as to develop jhana.
It is a lot like drug addiction. (Remember, the "outflows" (asava) have been translated as "drugs" before.)
Addiction does not mean that one is 24/7 involved with the drug.
But it does mean that the craving is almost always there, at least in subtle form.
Even when one is not using it, that craving is still there.
Even when one tries to quit that drug, it is still there.
It does not just instantly go away.
One needs a kind of long term program to abandon craving for that drug.
During that program, even contact with the drug is risky, it may arouse thoughts and memories, that in turn lead to indulgence again.
Once one has totally abandoned craving for it, then one could be around the drug - though not use the drug - and not be effected.
Such are sensual cravings and pleasures.