Keeping the Breath in Mind by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo wrote:The first jhana has five factors.
(a) Directed thought (vitakka): Think of the breath until you can keep it in mind without getting distracted.
(b) Singleness of preoccupation (ekaggatarammana): Keep the mind with the breath. Don't let it stray after other concepts or preoccupations. ...
(c) Evaluation (vicara): Gain a sense of how to let this comfortable breath sensation spread and connect with the other breath sensations in the body. ...
Directed thought, singleness of preoccupation, and evaluation act as the causes. When the causes are fully ripe, results will appear — (d) rapture (piti), a compelling sense of fullness and refreshment for body and mind, going straight to the heart, independent of all else; (e) pleasure (sukha), physical ease arising from the body's being still and unperturbed (kaya-passaddhi); mental contentment arising from the mind's being at ease on its own, undistracted, unperturbed, serene, and exultant (citta-passaddhi).
Rapture and pleasure are the results. The factors of the first jhana thus come down simply to two sorts: causes and results.
AN 10.1 wrote:..“And what, Bhante, is the purpose and benefit of rapture?”
“The purpose and benefit of rapture is tranquility.”..
purple planet wrote:Not there yet but just want to understand - when someone experiences rapture how is he supose to meditate on it
arnt we supose to just note things and let them go ? if someone dosnt focus on this rapture will he not advance or does this rapture overpower all other experiences that arise so you dont have to do anything to focus on it ?
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