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Is this the nimitta? [closed]

During my sit today I remembered that on my last retreat two weeks ago I kept seeing this wooden box. It was like I was breathing into it. I wasnt sure at the time what it was. I asked the teacher but ...
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Where is the sign? [duplicate]

In the book Mindfulness in Plain English, Chapter 5: The Practice, by Ven. Bhante Gunaratana, he says the following: As you keep your mind focused on the rims of your nostrils, you will be able to ...
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Does 'samadhi-nimitta' mean 'undistractable-lucidity-themes'?

I read the following on the internet: In MN 44, the four remembrance-establishings (are) undistractable-lucidity-themes. Any topic for satipatthana "mindfulness", can be a topic for samādhi ...
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What is "feature of beauty" in MN 5?

Questions: What is "feature of beauty" in MN 5? Why does the type of person mentioned ("the person who doesn’t have a blemish but does not understand it"), focus on it? And why ...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

I have started facing a weird problem which I wouldn't earlier. While meditating during daytime, I sometimes doubt whether I am actually experiencing nimitta or my vittaka has waned and, instead of ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

I learned many meaning of vitaka.. Like initial thought, or thought seed or directing mind toward object.. Whereas vicara is continuity of thinking about that object. Similarly nimitta is arising of ...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

In the state known as neither perception nor non-perception, it seems impossible to cognize the relative particulates that allow it to occur as an event, but one can emerge mindfully from its ...
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How does the Nimitta occur?

How does the Nimitta occur? I mean does it come all of a sudden (like torch turned on) as a shining bright white light or does it come as light gradually increasing brightness of varied colors? I am ...
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"grasping a sign", "fixed view", and suffering

I heard that "grasping a sign" is considered a bad thing in Buddhism. Why is that so and what does that refer to? We know that "attachment to views" is a bad thing too. Are these related? (signs and ...
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Nimitta - sutta references

Please provide references from the Pali suttas on nimitta. Are they mentioned in the context of jhana? In the article below, it is mentioned that nimitta is found in the Anapanasati Sutta, but I ...
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If i use visualization mediation will the nimatta still appear?

I'm having trouble truly understanding nimattas. I use visualization for my jhana mediation. It's what focus my mind best and allowed me to almost enter jhana. But if i do visualize, will the nimatta ...
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Focus on the object or nimitta?

Once I reach a nimitta during jhana meditation, do I then move focus to it or keep in the object? Do I ignore the nimitta, or is it one of those things that is very hard to ignore?
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Is this what is nimitta is?

From my understanding, The nimitta are signs you should be looking for during your jhana meditation. Like once your focusing on your visual object you will notice a white light. Thats a sign your ...
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What does it mean to "see the Dhamma"

In a number of the books I'm reading on Buddhism, and in a number of talks I've heard on the subject, I repeatedly encounter the idea that the Buddha "saw the Dhamma" or that he "witnessed Dhamma" or ...
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Is it possible to see the counterpart sign (nimitta) with eyes open?

As a beginner, I practice two forms of meditation: one focusing on the breath (typically with eyes closed), and one focusing on a colored disc (kasina), obviously with eyes open (unless cultivating ...
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Stabilizing the counterpart sign

Stabilizing the counterpart sign (nimitta) isn't easy. Is there a 'technique' that leads to stabilize it? I.c. is there a 'technique' to develop/cultivate intensively the absorption factors (jhanangas)...
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