Hi(will introduce myself later)! I have been reading the various core suttas concerning meditation(anapanasati, (maha)satipatthana, etc) aswell as trying out a while for myself. I have a bunch of questions so feel free to answer as many or few as you like.
It seems that the first jhana will come after(if all the requisites for that
is achieved) after being calm(?
"[...] I will breathe out calming bodily fabrication."
Is anyone here certain
about this, in that they have had direct experience with it?
I was scanning & reading 'The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation' http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el351.html
and it talks about how one can have different objects for meditation. One of these is fire. Is this the same as a kind of candlelightfire meditation i have done previously, that is you get a candle and focus on the tip of the flame; because I have been getting good results from this in the past and if Visuddhimagga talks about it i suppose it has some weight; but i'd rather stay with the breath if people (know what their talking about) and can recommend that. It also talks about all these meditation objects but im not sure if there is basis in the suttas for all of the statements concerning this? Have anyone looked into this, because I am kinda sceptical towards the Visuddhimagga in that it was written 1000 years after the buddha and because - i can't remember exactly now - the author alludes to the fact that he prays he will once become enlightened on the cover of the book...(i mean if he can't do it, im not sure if i'm going to bother trying...)...
In 'Basic Breath Meditation Instructions' http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... thmed.html
. Thannisaro Bhikku promotes a certain meditation of which one is to use the breath as a kind of anchor and be sensitive to the body at the same time one is doing it... I have always seperated my meditation the way it's written in the anapanasati sutta(ironically it was translated by Thannissaro Bhikku!) into first the discernment process, then the sensitive to the body process then the calming of breath... and during the 'sensitive of the body' process i only focus on the body...
Does anyone have any arguments for why 'being like a spider in a web' is the right way?(it seems harder...)
Also, understanding exactly which phenomenological/existential experience
is supposed to correspond to which words - sensitive to mind, steadying the mind, satisfying mind, releasing the mind - for example i find a bit hard. Any help in this regard?