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What exacly is the so-called "formless" jhana?

Here is my understanding as of 2018. When they say "form" (rupa) or "seed" (bija) in context of meditation, it's what we call an object of meditation these days. For example, your breath, an image of ...
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

I've got a simple answer for you: Sleep is not a jhāna. The Buddha never says, not in Pāli not in Chinese not in Sanskrit, that sleep is a jhāna. Sleep is also not nibbāna. Sleep is also not nirodha. ...
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Types of Concentration?

It might be difficult for readers to understand exactly what you're experiencing in your meditation. You learn techniques of meditation to get you started on a path, but eventually that path must be ...
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How do you master (control) your mind with Buddhism?

Buddhism teaches to see the causes of problems. Then we can see what can be done to change those causes. Changing causes, we will change the results. Thus problems will be solved. Buddha Gautama ...
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What exacly is the so-called "formless" jhana?

Since they're "formless", they can't really be "exactly" described right? :-) Anyway, Ven. Bodhi's "Noble Eightfold Path" gave some idea about what they are. Also, while the four jhanas make up the ...
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Types of Concentration?

This exact topic is the central topic of the book I can't recommend enough: "The relaxed mind. A seven-step method for deepening meditation practice." - by Dza Kilung Rinpoche I started ...
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Is Right Concentration equivalent to the Four Jhanas?

In the Pali Canon, the Buddha describes three doors to Nibbana: appanihita (desireless, aimless, undirected, nonintentional), animitta (signless) and sunnata (emptiness). Elsewhere in Pali Canon we ...
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Concentration with no object?

It means to incline your mind towards dispassion, dispassion towards the sense objects, dispassion towards craving for existence and dispassion towards craving for non-existence. Inclining your mind ...
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The Buddha's struggle with the first absorption

How are you able to know that M I 246 is within MN 36 and M III 162 is within MN 128 ? Is there a rule you followed to deduce this? Both number-systems (e.g. "MN 1" compared to MN i 1") are ordered ...
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The Buddha's struggle with the first absorption

Go to https://suttacentral.net/mn and follow the 2nd set of sutta references. M I 246 is within MN 36. M III 162 is within MN 128. The above said, Analayo's ideas about MN 128 are probably wrong. ...
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How do you master (control) your mind with Buddhism?

In terms of harmless meditation you can do on your own, metta bhavana (cultivating kindness) might help. Here http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/wheel007.html is one good guide (...
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How do you master (control) your mind with Buddhism?

Buddhism is a path of self-realisation & self-help. Buddhism teaches the basis of faith in the Buddhist path is the personal experience of suffering & the resultant aspiration or wish to be ...
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Right effort and concentration

Right Efforts is about removing unwholesome states and cultivating wholesome states. Right Concentration deals with developing the Jhana as a means to displace certain subset of unwholesome states. ...
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Types of Concentration?

What you are experiencing isn't concentration. Concentration is marked by ekagata or one pointedness. If the universe, dinosaurs, and the Maltese falcon are all dancing on the head of your breath, ...
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Is Right Concentration equivalent to the Four Jhanas?

In the Pali Suttas, Right Concentration is literally the four jhanas: And what, monks, is right concentration? (i) There is the case where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from ...
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

Then connection between sleeping and meditation is well explored in AN7.61. In this sutta, the Buddha advises Venerable Moggallāna on ways to avoid drowsiness, since drowsiness is hard to give up. ...
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Types of Concentration?

"Like the universe is doing the concentration from which no personal claims can be made" That would be a distraction if you were going for highly concentrated Samatha states. If you are ...
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Concentration & Wisdom

Right concentration supports wisdom(panna) if right mindfulness arises? If right mindfulness isn't there then does right concentration support ignorance? Each limb of the N8FP has its opposite ...
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Guidance in practical aspects of buddhism and meditation

"Meditation without exertion" that I found on the Internet, based on the top Google search result, appears to be about Gnostic meditation and not Buddhist. It may have borrowed some elements ...
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

Jhana is meditation, not sleep (including deep sleep). Sleep (including deep sleep) is not jhana. In meditation (including jhana states), one is conscious and aware. In sleep (including deep sleep), ...
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Concentration with no object?

Let's say you go to the doctor and get your blood pressure measured and it turns out to be high, probably because you were anxious at that moment. The doctor tells you to calm down, and then he will ...
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Concentration with no object?

It means the object is Nibbana and the mental attitudes leading to Nibbana, as literally said as follows: And what is the faculty of concentration? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the ...
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Concentration with no object?

From Mahayana perspective true Nirvana is the non-abiding Nirvana, which is a state of not being bounded by any single interpretative framework whatsoever. Does Master Gotama have any position at all?...
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Am I falling asleep or am I deepening my concentration?

Ah, the bliss plateau. Good that you caught this now. Some practicioners never get past it, the quietitude is too enticing for them to push past. In Zen, we call this "dead sitting" and it ...
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What exacly is the so-called "formless" jhana?

To understand the exact difference between the 4 rupa jhanas, and the arupa samadhi, the short formula for the 5th attainment, the base of infinite space, contains the details. The formula is too ...
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