rowyourboat wrote:Hello Guy
You seem to be developing some good samadhi from what you have mentioned. 45mins- 1hr is usually enough if you are doing 2-3 hrs a day overall. However you might need a few more months. Just relax and stay with the focus- it will happen when it happens! That letting go paves the way for deeper states of samadhi. Ajhan Chah once said that to see strange and beautiful creatures by a forest pool you must stay very very still, otherwise they dont come!
Another approximation is that if you are only experiencing 4-5 thought distractions per hour your samadhi might be good enough to give rise to jhana. In my tradition we try to get what is called mastery over jhana- hence when we reach the abovementioned level of samadhi the yogi is asked to make a determination 'may my mind go into the first jhana' and let go of all awarness completly and let the mind do what it likes for a few seconds -it is a bit like tipping a boulder over a cliff now that you have rolled it all the way to the top of a mountain. There are two possible outcomes- nothing will happen or something might happen. If nothing happens- just keep meditating! If something does happen- some sort of a sudden change, let me know!
Jechbi wrote:Howdy Guy,
Why do you want to reach jhanas? What's your underlying motivation?
Jechbi wrote:Any way, here's an article that might be of interest to you:
The Jhanas In Theravada Buddhist Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana
Peter wrote:Every night before bed I climb into my pajhanas.
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