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Seeking scriptural source for “all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana”

I've seen statements like "When one is in jhana, all defilements are suppressed temporarily." Is there any scriptural source for this?
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Drowsiness / Sloth & Torpor

Does drowsiness as a defilement only refer to a psychological state of mind? I know that emotions manifest also as physical phenomena, but how do I distinguish between physical exhaustion and ...
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Vitakkasanthana Sutta

"in the same way, if evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion or delusion — still arise in the monk while he is scrutinizing the drawbacks of those thoughts, he should pay no mind and ...
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Meditators should judge other people?

How can it be proper for a meditator who does not yet see reality as it is... ...to judge other people so easily? There is so much potential for subtle misuse of power, I mean I know I would be ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If one has cultivated a habit for countless lifetimes, how is it possible to reverse such habit? Is it possible at all? Is that person entirely at the mercy of external factors? (are we ever not ...
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What would you say about being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic about the ways of approaching the path?

As everyone is entitled to their own opinion to a question of this nature, let me first say this. Now I recognize that they’re both forms of conceit. If we learn the proper use of conceit: the ...
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How to get rid of hate?

I have a friend that I met few years back. He always look polite, look decent, and look helping others a lot. I did him a lot of helps that no friend would do to him. Later, when I needed helps he ...
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What are the “defilements”?

Simple question, but I would like to know- what are the defilements, according to Theravada Buddhism? I keep hearing this term and would like to find out what it means, according to the original ...
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Power Struggles in a Buddhist Group

A good friend emailed me about some troubles in a Buddhist meditation group she belongs to. It's a lay led group. The problems are some apparent power struggles about even routine matters and also an ...
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Do we indulge or take pleasure in jealousy or the feeling and sensations associated with jealousy?

An ode to envy highlights some interesting perspective of jealousy. In a Buddhist perspective how can jealousy be viewed and analysed? What is the root cause and do we indulge in jealousy? More ...
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Are there different types of craving?

According to Buddhist tradition are there different types of craving? It occurs to me that the following could all be described using the English word craving Being thirsty (for water) Really ...
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Sankharas, once eliminated. Do they have a chance of coming back?

When I talk of sankharas, I mean the pattern of the mind and the way in which the sanna recognizes an object. After prolonged Vipassana and remaining equanimous to the body sensations, Many of my ...
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Which of the following statements about Nibbana/Nirvana are true?

A) Nibbana is the destruction of the defilements. B) Nibbana is merely the destruction of defilements. C) Nibbana is an existing reality that is subjected to the mind totally free of defilements. D) ...
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Anger management - How to manage bad temper?

Is there any meditation techniques that we can used to manged Bad Temper. As I know it is possible to manage angers by observing it as "feeling angry.., feeling angry!". However the problem is with ...