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by anagaarika
Fri May 07, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: what is ariya jhana?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: what is ariya jhana?

Returning to sutta, AN 9.36 again descibes Ariya Jhana: This passage, however, seems to equate the ariya jhana with the first jhana. The above quote says that the monk first enters and remains in the first jhana and while in that state regards arising phenomena as anicca, dukha and anatta. Could it...
by anagaarika
Wed May 05, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: what is ariya jhana?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: what is ariya jhana?

Returning to sutta, AN 9.36 again descibes Ariya Jhana: There is the case where a monk, secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in the first jhana : rapture & pleasure born of seclusion, accompanied by directed thought & evaluation. He regards whatever phenome...
by anagaarika
Wed May 05, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: what is ariya jhana?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: what is ariya jhana?

Yes. The contemplation of Nibbana by the stream-enterer is a pre-requisite to attaining ariya jhana. As SN 48.10 or the end of MN 118 says, the stream-enterer (Noble Disciple) makes "vossagga" ("letting go"; "release"; "little Nibbana") the primary meditation object prior to attaining the 1st jhana...
by anagaarika
Tue May 04, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: what is ariya jhana?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: what is ariya jhana?

what is it? Ariya jhana is described in MN 117, SN 48.10, end of MN 118, for example. Ariya jhana is supported by Right View (about the abandonment of craving, attachment, becoming & self-view) and has letting go ("vossagga") as its primary meditation object. how different it is from entering? what...
by anagaarika
Tue May 04, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where do you sit to do meditation?
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Where do you sit to do meditation?

Any place that is quite and comfy should do. I see no problem with bedroom - I meditate on a cushion on my bed (sitting posture).
by anagaarika
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cross-legged meditation and knee health
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Cross-legged meditation and knee health

Over time, people (particularly runners and physically active people) damage their knees. Actually, from what I´ve read running can of course damage your knees if you don´t have suitable shoes, are overweight, have a bad running style etc., but if you eliminate these factors it can also be benefiti...
by anagaarika
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cross-legged meditation and knee health
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Cross-legged meditation and knee health

Hello my noble friends, I wonder if it is possible to meditate for decades and not have health issues with knees. In a very near future, I will be moving away from an urban area to highlands - to a place where I don´t know anyone etc., which means that I should be able to significantly increase the ...
by anagaarika
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Question having children
Replies: 16
Views: 1441

Re: Question having children

I´d say it is very likely going to take a great toll on your formal practice. Obviously I have never had children but from what I heard even one child can consume a huge portion of your time, energy and money. Also imagine this is going to last for quite some time. If you want to have more children,...
by anagaarika
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: celibacy tips
Replies: 45
Views: 2037

Re: celibacy tips

From my own experience I would say that celibacy can be both the most effortless and the most difficult thing in the world, depending on many factors. It can feel both completely natural and unnatural. This might be subjective but I think that sufficient disgust with and exposure to sexuality is a v...
by anagaarika
Wed Jan 27, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mudita practice - is this object suitable?
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Mudita practice - is this object suitable?

I should probably add one more thing: Before I took up systematic practice, I once found myself in a nearly identical situation. I was close to getting into relationship with the most attractive girl (in all aspects) I had ever met, but in my case things went terribly wrong and it didn´t work out in...
by anagaarika
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mudita practice - is this object suitable?
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Mudita practice - is this object suitable?

Hello my noble friends, I would be curious to read any thoughts on whether this object of mudita practice is recommendable or not. First thing: I know that the object of mudita does not have to be dharmic - i.e. it can be something mundane, samsaric (this is even mentioned somewhere in the suttas wh...
by anagaarika
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Salivation and swallowing
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

Re: Salivation and swallowing

Friends, thanks for all your replies. The deadlock was broken the following day after I posted this question. If anyone can delete this thread as it is not relevant any more, please do so! :anjali:
by anagaarika
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Salivation and swallowing
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

Salivation and swallowing

Hello my noble friends! I´ve encountered a very annoying issue recently. Currently, I´m on sort of a private retreat in the mountains which means I have enough time to meditate (I try to stick to the 3 x 1 hour session per day scheme). I have great mental clarity and my focus is getting really solid...
by anagaarika
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha and vipassana in one session
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Re: Samatha and vipassana in one session

Ajahn Lee speaks about how samatha and vipassana can be done at the same by proficient breath meditators. Check his writings. He wrote a lot on the subtle insights one can gain from the breath, relating it to Buddhist doctrine, etc. Well I´m not sure whether I qualify as a "proficient" meditator, I...
by anagaarika
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha and vipassana in one session
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Samatha and vipassana in one session

Hello my noble friends! I have a simple question: Do you find it OK to switch between samatha and vipassana within one session? I usually have 45-60 minutes sessions which I always start with samatha. Once I firmly establish my focus and clear my mind of discursive thought, I find it very natural to...