octathlon wrote:So, I'm not sure if we are to be discouraged from reporting personal meditation experiences or not, I didn't see anything in the rules, but I get the feeling it is possibly considered boring or self-indulgent.
3. If a visual image appears and I focus on it intently, I have a sudden feeling of motion as if I'm surging toward it, or maybe it seems to surge toward me, and concentration gets deeper. If I only observe it normally, it just shifts around and/or disappears. Should I be doing that?
There is a funny taboosome vibe yes. The only buddha-warning I recall about such discussion is in the Vinaya/ Patimokkha.
wiki says :
"The four parajikas (defeats) are rules entailing expulsion from the sangha for life. If a monk breaks any one of the rules he is automatically 'defeated' in the holy life and falls from monkhood immediately. He is not allowed to become a monk again in his lifetime. Intention is necessary in all these four cases to constitute an offence.
The four parajikas for bhikkus are:
1. Sexual intercourse, that is, any voluntary sexual interaction between a bhikku and a living being, except for mouth-to-mouth intercourse which falls under the Sanghadisesa
2. Stealing, that is, the robbery of anything worth more than 1/24 troy ounce of gold (as determined by local law)
3. Intentionally bringing about the death of a human being, even if it is still an embryo — whether by killing the person, arranging for an assassin to kill the person, inciting the person to die, or describing the advantages of death.
4. Deliberately lying to another person that one has attained a superior human state
, such as claiming to be an arahant when one knows one is not, or claiming to have attained one of the jhanas when one knows one hasn't."
Pa-Auk Sayadaw wrote: "If you find that the nimitta is stable, and your mind by itself has
become fixed on it, then just leave your mind there. If you force
your mind to come away from it, you will probably lose your
If your nimitta appears far away in front of you, ignore it, as it
will probably disappear. If you ignore it, and simply concentrate
on the breath at the place where the breath touches, the nimitta
will come and stay there.
If your nimitta appears at the place where the breath touches, is
stable, and appears as the breath itself, and the breath as the
nimitta, then forget about the breath, and be aware of just the
nimitta. By moving your mind from the breath to the nimitta, you
will be able to make further progress. As you keep your mind on
the nimitta, the nimitta becomes whiter and whiter, and when it is
white like cotton wool, it is the uggaha-nimitta.
You should determine to keep your mind calmly concentrated
on the white uggaha-nimitta for one, two, three hours, or more. If
you can keep your mind fixed on the uggaha-nimitta for one or
two hours, it should become clear, bright, and brilliant. This is
then the pañibhāga-nimitta (counterpart sign). Determine and
practise to keep your mind on the pañibhāga-nimitta for one, two,
or three hours. Practise until you succeed." ---from 'Knowing and Seeing' pdf
Bhukkhu Sona's 'Case of the missing Simile' talks about changes in nimitta instructions over the years.http://www.leighb.com/case_of_the_missing_simile.htm
Sona says visual nimitta should be avoided in anapana meditation?
I might edit more views in here as I come across them--they are out there!