How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?

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How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?

Postby xinuflux » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:04 pm

While reading Sayalay Susila's "Unraveling the Mysteries of Mind and Body Through Abhidhamma" I noticed this sentence:

"New practitioners, when developing their concentration on the meditation object, owing to the weakness of mindfulness, sometimes let their minds fall into the bhavanga state."

I thought the ideal of samatha meditation was to reach the still points. Maybe I'm misunderstanding how optimal calm can happen while the mind is "processing" things outside of the bhavanga intervals. Thanks for any pointers.
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Re: How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?

Postby JeffR » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:14 am

It seems to me that letting your mind fall into the bhavanga states is what we normally refer to as "spacing out" or "getting lost in the zone".
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Re: How does bhavanga relate to samatha meditation?

Postby robertk » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:34 am

if she had said that some people fall asleep while meditating it might have been clearer.
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