Ben wrote:Greetings Birdy,
I think it was Buddhaghosa who said that 'Noise is a thorn to jhana'.
But you can support your meditation practice by ensuring you maintain your precepts, engage in Dana, selfless service and study. These are probably more important than a perfect meditation place.
Keep in mind also that as you begin to progress, difficulties will manifest in the form of hindrances. Don't be too attached to the idea that an enjoyable session is indicative of progress.
Birdy wrote:However I am not an absolute beginner and at that point I had been sitting every day for over two weeks and the sits were both enjoyable and fruitful. I was well into the groove and my problem was actually that I live next to a semi busy road and I was wondering if this might be inhibiting me from reaching jhana easily. So no problems with the practice itself so far.
However i feel that one of the reasons i now find it so easy to discipline myself every day is because of how much i enjoyed and benefited from a few of the longer sits i did in that period. Longer as in 30-50 mins. Those times i did those i didnt actually plan to, but i just kept sitting past the 20 mins and found that for about every 10 mins longer that i would sit i would always be at a deeper and more pleasant level than 10 mins ago. I want to do this again. I almost feel like a half-ass now for only sitting 20 mins haha.
Anyway I was curious as to your thoughts if i dont recieve any decent criticism then im going to resume the occasional longer sits.
Birdy wrote:I was well into the groove and my problem was actually that I live next to a semi busy road and I was wondering if this might be inhibiting me from reaching jhana easily. So no problems with the practice itself so far.
alan wrote:How could you believe that sitting burns Karma?
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