Wind wrote:I would like to know if anyone here achieve Samadhi? If so, can you describe what's it like?
Another that sticks with me - the mind before samadhi is like an upside down bowl - thoughts are like marbles that drop down - hit the bowl - and go richocheting off into the distance with consciousness following after to observe the thought.
Call it losing your marbles.
At some point - the mind - the bowl - flips over - when the marble drops - without any effort, the thought settles right down to the center of the bowl - which just happens to have an indent to hold the marble. Your consciousness stays still yet knows the whole of the thought without having to chase after it - the law of anicca takes over and "dismisses" the thought leaving the indent ready to receive the next marble when it drops.
Anicca's description described it pretty well. Samadhi
has traditionally been translated as "concentration." Jhana
has traditionally been translated as "absorption." So, the question remains: What is the difference between concentration and absorption? Basically, very little, except when these terms are being used to describe Buddhist meditation.
For the mind to become absorbed in an object or subject, it first must become concentrated. This is called samadhi
. Once the mind is concentrated, there are eight (or nine) levels of absorption (jhana
) described as the four material jhanas
and the four (sometimes five) immaterial jhanas
. The term jhana
here is being used to describe a level of absorption / concentration.
Some meditation teachers teach a method of recognizing the first stages of absorption by being able to recognize what they term "neighborhood concentration" or upacara samadhi
. This upacara samadhi
is not quite yet full absorption, but is call "neighborhood concentration" because it is viewed as being just on the cusp of full absorption or the first level of jhana
. I'm not going to describe the four main (material) levels of jhana (you can find that by doing a search on the word "jhana" using the forum search engine to search for threads and posts from the past). But these are the basic nuances involved when using these two pali terms.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV