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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

Our thoughts follow a chain of associations, one after another after another. Assuming you're not a robot you can insert a particular idea into the chain, at will. It's as if you say to yourself: &...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

We don't care about nimitta or ambient light. We care only the breaths. The nimitta or ambient light is naturally appearing at focusing the breath. Thinking of light or nimitta is not thinking of ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

MN 20 is a good sutta where both terms nimitta and vitakka are used, and you can see where they overlap. https://lucid24.org/mn/mn020/index.html nimitta is more general purpose, lower on the raw ...
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How does the Nimitta occur?

We practice wholesome mind and mind factors on one meditation object, not nimitta, however nimitta is an effect of more power mind. When wholesome mind begin to concentrate stably more and more ...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

As you said, I think of vitakka as "directing the mind" (towards vicara). I suppose there's an element of "intention". Conversely I think of "nimitta" as being the "...
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Nimitta - sutta references

SN 35.120: Sujato ...And how does someone guard the sense doors? -- When a mendicant sees a sight with the eyes, they don’t get caught up in the features and details. (Idhāvuso, bhikkhu ...
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Focus on the object or nimitta?

Nimitta cannot be ignored in jhana because the nimitta itself is one-pointedness (ekaggatā), where the mind (citta) itself becomes the nimitta & the mind is glued unmoving to the nimitta. An ...
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Is this what is nimitta is?

Its not correct.You should not be looking for the nimitta when your practicing jhana. You should not be looking for anything or doing anything besides focusing on the meditation object. To practice ...
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Is this what is nimitta is?

It is not correct. As Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena says in this post (Does contemplation activity, before hand, give rise to the mental image?) in this context, nimitta (that we usually translate ...
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Is this what is nimitta is?

Its not correct. When the nimitta arises, it is like being hit with a sledge hammer. It can't be missed. In short, the more looking & craving, the less progress that will be made.
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How does the Nimitta occur?

NOTE: Please look at Ven. Dhamma Dhatu's answer below. Thank you --Oyamist MN128 has a long long discussion about what to do when nimitta vanishes: MN128:15.3: “Well, sir, while meditating diligent, ...
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How does the Nimitta occur?

The nimitta comes all of a sudden (like torch turned on) as a shining bright magnetic white light. The nimitta arises when ultimately the breathing (due to its tranquilization) is impossible for the ...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

As other answers hinted at, you having these worries and doubts about your experiences and what they mean, is a sure sign that you got too obsessed with the concept of progress. This concept is just ...
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What is "feature of beauty" in MN 5?

The suttas don't talk about jhāna nimitta, but they do talk about samādhi nimittas. In MN 44 https://lucid24.org/mn/main/mn044/index.html#44.4 cattāro sati-’paṭṭhānā samādhi-nimittā; four remembrance-...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

The key phrase in your question is "I sometimes doubt [...]". The "I" in this phrase is your mind entering to question your meditation practice, because that's what the thinking ...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

For starters, be aware that anapana-sati (breath meditation remembrance) as defined in the suttas is quite a different practice. As this is a forum about Buddhism in general, it would be helpful if ...
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Focus on the object or nimitta?

It is said that a nimitta appears together with uppādo (origin of existence), pavattaṃ (continuity of it)'. Nimittas arise, and if your intent is not the continuity of this nimitta, another nimitta ...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

The sutta is peculiar Sariputta entered & remained in the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception. He emerged mindfully from that attainment. On emerging mindfully from that attainment,...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

I wouldn't dismiss the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception too casually. The dimension of neither perception nor non-perception separates the dimension of nothingness from the cessation ...
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Recalling Neither Perception nor Non-Perception for Nimittas

I'd argue that its largely irrelevant. The content of meditative experience really has no bearing on ones practice. The insight that is attained when one emerges from those states is what matters. ...
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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? Here are some references to that phrase in answers on this site: https://...
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"grasping a sign", "fixed view", and suffering

I came accross this sutta about Roots of All things... Very interesting that the enlightened persons dont even grasp to Nirvana and identify as self . "They directly know extinguishment as ...
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Nimitta - sutta references

Fully sustained attention on beautiful breath DN 10 SubhaSutta (I recommend this sutta to be the reference of Jhana because it is long enough and step by step. Notice, some part of this sutta is same ...
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