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What did the Buddha mean when he spoke about samma samadhi?

The Suttas usually define Samma-Samadhi as the four jhanas, but in some Suttas it gives a different explanation. For example, in the Mahacattarisa Sutta the Buddha said: The Blessed One said: "Now ...
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How buddhist meditation leads to liberation?

The essential difference is that in Buddhist meditation, at some point one uses one's mind to actively examine and investigate one's direct experience and to realize it's nature that way. This is the ...
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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Samatha is tranquility meditation, meditating on a stable object with the objective of reaching calm states/jhanas. Samadhi is concentration. The Buddha's teachings of the eightfold noble path are ...
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What is the different between Nirodha Samapatti and Phala Samapatti?

Phalasamapatti is a meditative state in which a person is absorbed in Nibbana itself. In this attainment there is a special kind of consciousness present called Lokuttara-citta. In contrast to this, ...
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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Just to add to what Robin has said and answer your last question. "..are the underlying concepts related if you consider the Pali origins of the words i.e. do they have similar roots in the language?"...
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Which of the following statements about Nibbana/Nirvana are true?

Nibbana is actually best understood as the cessation of suffering. The lakkhanadicatuka for nibbana is as follows (minus proximate cause because it is uncaused): It has peace as its characteristic. ...
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Problem concentrating during Vipassana meditation

When you breath be mindful of the start to end of the in and out breath. For each breath in and out breath be mindful of whether your mind wandered away during this time. Also note the length of the ...
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Is it ok for lay meditators to have counsellors/therapists/psychologists

Both Mediation and Counselling can help. Talking about something can help you lighten your mind. Similarly meditation can help your reduce stress. But it is best to keep them independent without ...
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Does Samadhi realm of desire require single-pointed focus?

There are no 3 realms of Samadhi(Jhana). The jhanas have nothing to do with sensual desire. First four jhanas lead to birth in fine material realms. The last four lead to immaterial realms. One-...
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After samadhi what?

So... what was it, where it came from and why? What you have described sounds very much like the experience of Udayabbaya ñana or the knowledge of Arising and Passing Away. You can search for these ...
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Threefold division of noble eightfold path

The forerunner of the path is right view (MN117) and basically this means that you must understand something about Buddhism correctly before starting to practise. However, the rest of the practice of ...
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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

As far as I understand, one of the main purposes of the eight factor of the Path (samma samadhi) is to clean the mind from impurities. All factors of the N8P have the same purpose, they just operate ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

If I sit dow on the cushion for a moment, that's momentary samatha. Samatha is simply calmimg. It can take place anywhere. Samatha can lead to samadhi, but the two are by no means identical. It ...
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Is appana samadhi the same as magga/phala?

What the venerable means is that, according to the abhidhamma, magga and phala are both types of appana samadhi, not that all appana samadhi is magga and phala (which would be silly anyway, because ...
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How does the Bhavanga State relate to the Jhanas?

Jhana is more than just the giving up of the five senses. Each of the jhanas is the result of very strong samadhi, and has specific factors that go along with it. For example, the first jhana has five ...
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discursive meditation

My question: When sitting shall we use a short sentence? Like: Death is inevitable. I am a mortal being. Like me all beings in samsara will face death when the time comes. Hence, we must transform our ...
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Proper way to give metta

Different lineages / teachers would advice on this differently. My answer is based on what I picked from different teachers. Before doing metha best to to do a bit of breath meditation and insight ...
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Problem concentrating during Vipassana meditation

Firstly to my understanding Sila is very important part of a meditation practice. It purify the morality and ready your for the meditation. If you have troubles with the meditation, I think the fist ...
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Does Samadhi realm of desire require single-pointed focus?

Samma Samadhi (right concentration) is a specific word in Buddhism to describe form realm and no form realm in conjunction with noble eight fold path. (please note Samma or Right) If you take only the ...
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After samadhi what?

While I have never had such an experience that lasted for days, I have had some rather zen moments upon reaching epiphanies during contemplative thought. I think the longest was about 15 minutes long ...
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A concentrated monk discerns things as they actually are?

I'm here burning the mid-night oil for the bounty!! :)))) Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the corresponding Agama Text, else it would be more clear, to me at least. However, Samadhi normally ...
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Sutta jhana vs. Visuddhimagga jhana

There is definitely a lot of confusion about Jhanas. In general, Buddhism has always been infamous for its lack of trust to teachers, texts, and interpretations - hence traditional obsession with "...
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Missing Dhyana/Jhana Sutras?

Yes some texts of the pali canon have parallels in what people call the (chinese) agamas. The links for the agamas is here: Where can I find the Chinese Canon Agama in English translation? Some ...
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