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Sutta about not listening to music - Dhamma Wheel
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In the Buddha's time, you would have had to make a journey to seek out music, and it is fair to say that passions and attachments would inevitably result. Makes sense to ban it for monks. Having said that, I can't see any reason for a lay person to avoid music. In fact, I think some music is actually helpful if it brings joy and is motivational. Jazz, anyone? I love it. If Louis Armstrong is bad, then I don't want to be good.
Hi pedro1985, I used to listen to music a lot. Now, if I'm not careful (practice some restraint) songs get stuck in my head and play like loops, including while I sit. Sorry it's not a sutta reference. Daniel
Very strange. I copied and pasted that directly from the "The Buddhist Monastic Code II". I wonder if he listed the wrong source?
Similar to what danieLion mentioned - I'm a musician, and one of the biggest barriers to my meditation practice comes from getting certain segments of songs stuck in my head, looping endlessly. I find this fades if I'm not actively working or rehearsing with a group, but random drumbeats and "hooks" will find their way into my mind at the strangest times. I guess that's why they call them hooks.