Music is not good as a meditation object as it arouses craving.
If you analyse the 40 meditation objects of Samatha, you can identify 3 kinds of objects:
neutral objects, virtuous or holy objects and unattractive or repulsive objects. All carefully chosen to subdue certain defilements or achieve Jhanas.
What did the Buddha say about music?
The biggest issue with music is:
you can get attached to it
can created mental recitation of the lyrics which in turn creates verbal fabrications
Hence best is to resort to more conservative meditation pratice. Having said this Richard Shankman of Metta Dharma Foundation teachers mindfulness of sound as an alternative meditation technique. Excerpted from “...
Is it ok to use music to induce positive states of mind, especially to
uplift one's mood and alleviate depression?
Yes, if you are a layman and if you are not observing the 8 precepts.
If music can be used to uplift one's mood, then why is it considered
unwholesome and against the seventh precept?
'Uplifting' here means inducing pleasurable thoughts/...
In Asia, the various forms of Buddhism have inspired uncountable number of art objects created over the centuries: statues, monuments, temples, icons etc. Some art forms, particularly Japanese ones, are considered no less than expressions of the Enlightened Mind.
Many Zen Masters were known for their calligraphy, drawing, and/or poetic skills. The now ...
I suppose it says that people don't typically become 'enlightened', in the Buddhist sense of the term, by listening to music.
I think that the Pali canon discouraged making happiness dependent on sensual conditions (e.g. "I would be happy if only I were listening to a symphony", or "... a better symphony than this one", or etc.).
I saw a movie once (...
while most of people see that music is a fruit for the soul but actually it is another source of craving and attachment to ordain things , it should be emphasized that Buddhism as a way of truth it needs to break every attachment to the any earthly thing. For that reason meditation should be only practiced with things that allows you to turn inward and not ...
Music is a tasteful sensation, in Buddhism we learn to realize (understand the truth, see things in their true forms) and listening to music is breaking that understanding. We listen to music to entertain ourselves, which will break our practice of “Sila” and “Samadhi”, two of the eightfold paths/practices.
It is very easy to attach music. Then music will waste practitioner's time, because music is inserted into practitioner's mind instead of meditation object, while the practitioner listening/singing/thinking of a music. So the practitioner's 5 power can not meditate, increase level up, while attaching music.
While listening music, one can feel joy. But it ...
🤔There is work and there is play and both can be clung to. Personally I cannot motivate myself if there is no play so what I do is try to turn all my play into productive work. I make music and I try to incorporate that into the Dhamma like I try to incorporate the need for food, clothing, shelter and medical care into spiritual practice.
Average laymen need only observe the 5 precepts so can pursue any artistic endeavours or watch any of them.
When observing Uposatha one can take the 8 or 10 precepts where one devote the day to dhamma practice setting aside other household activities. In this case, one puts aside entertainment also.
Entertainment produces unwholesome states:
Meditate on your desire to meditate using music as a meditation device. Or on your love for minimalist repition.
That's how I would approach it at least.
Becoming aware of wanting, desire, boredom. And how your mind relates to them.
What did the Buddha say about music?
I am not sure what the exact Sutta is but perhaps which is one which is not yet translated into English. In this Panchasika or Pansilu is in love and composes a love song towards another Deva he has fallen in love with. Thinking who is the most intelligent person who can give an opinion on this is the Buddha he visits ...
Buddha said follow at least 5 precepts. I have heard Visaka who attained Sothapanna at age of 7, dancing, singing on the street one day when one of the temples festival. she dresses well enjoyed her family life, had 30+ kids as a sottapanna. My understanding is siging, dancing, listening music is enjoyable as much as if you are not too attached.(Dependent ...