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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

The sutta was spoken by Ananda. It is not the words of the Buddha. The Buddha taught samatha & vipassana are developed in tandem (MN 149; Dhp 372); as demonstrated in MN 118 (when it is properly ...
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

There is a similar question here: What is the starting of Samsara?. I would be surprised if there was any Buddhist reference supporting Schopenhauer's claim that "the world came into being as a ...
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jhānas, Zen, and how to practice concentration meditation

Ajahn Brahm wrote a book about jhana called 'Mindfulness, Bliss & Beyond'. It is 291 pages long. The first 65 pages are at this link. The method in this book emphasizes 'letting go' & is thus ...
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How can we choose more congenial Kammattana?

You will need trial and error but generally based on the personality types. The Pali commentaries further provide guidelines for suggesting meditation subjects based on one's general temperament: ...
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Which is the easiest of the four paths for a novice lay practitioner?

I believe that many/most people understand the meaning of jhana incorrectly. Bhikkhu Kumara has written a book recently to address this. He is waiting on more feedback before allowing people to post ...
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Help Me Choose which meditation i Should do Anapanasati or Brahmaviharas?

Brahmaviharas is a lower type of meditation than Anapanasati. In Brahmaviharas you use your intellect, to make up suggestions or narratives, that condition your point of view a certain way. In ...
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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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What is the difference between samadhi and samatha?

Samādhi means the stability of mind. Samatha means the peace of mind. Wholesome mind arising is a friend. Unwholesome mind arising is an enemy. Uddhacca mind factor is instability of mind. There ...
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Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?

Samatha = citta-samatha = Leading to wholesome mind = seclusion of unwholesome in 5 strings, kāmaguṇa. Vipassanā = samatha-vipassanā = Leading to sabbasaṅkhāra-samatha, nibbāna = seclusion of whole ...
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Sila before samatha, samatha before vipassana according to AN 11.1-3?

As I explained in "Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?", the factors of "being good", "feeling good", "calming down", "understanding", and "liberation" are designed to ...
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Samatha vs Vipassana. What are the mechanics?

What you say is well researched, that's the traditional view. There are some other sutras to look at in addition: Ekottara Agama 17.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20110811122049/http://sites.google....
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Samatha vs Vipassana. What are the mechanics?

Vipassana (insight) is direct clear seeing thus does not requiring any thinking. Therefore vipassana it is not antagonistic to samatha (tranquility). Both samatha & vipassana are natural results ...
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Samatha while studying

Higher levels of concentration is not possible while the mind is active but you can have some level of non-exclusive focus on like the breath or bodily sensations while working. You need to develop ...
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What causes the arising of fear that the sense of "me" will be threatened by the fruition of my practice?

The Pali suttas teach self-identity is born from craving. For example: The craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., ...
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What effect does social media, mobile gaming and watching movies have on my meditation practice?

If you are regularly practising meditation, you should know for yourself how various activities affect your meditation. For example, if desires & thoughts about various activities pop into your ...
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What effect does social media, mobile gaming and watching movies have on my meditation practice?

You let go of the grosser forms of happiness, the grosser strategies for happiness, and get used to more and more refined ones. And they finally take you to the point where there's no course left but ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

Shamatha and Samadhi are not synonyms. Samadhi is Single-Pointed Concentration, a completely stable and highly refined state of attention. You can achieve voluntary sustained Samadhi through ...
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What were the Original Methods of Meditation and their Instructions as Expounded by the Buddha?

Links to the most important suttas on meditation here: https://lucid24.org/misc/raft/index.html (disclosure: my website, most of the sutta translations derived from B. sujato). You'll want to start ...
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I am trying to find the correlation between theravada jhana, rupa/arupa and the 9 levels of calm abiding in tibetan buddhism

In the Gelugpa's Lamrim tradition for sure, and I suspect in most other Lamrim traditions as well, the four rupa jhanas and the subsequent arupa jhanas are practiced after the 9 abidings, once the ...
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Better results when pausing meditation?

Interestingly, I experience a similar phenomenon when I miss a day. My first sit back on the cushion always seems to be better (you'll note the emphasis). I always feel more relaxed and it appears ...
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jhānas, Zen, and how to practice concentration meditation

There are some great ressources around, some I frequently relay on are: The Buddha Net file Library on Zen, Chan The Buddha Net e-book Library on Meditation Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library But my ...
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Beginner: Should I switch to a less advanced samatha practice?

This sounds really caught up in all kinds of cravings for spiritual attainments. If this 'craving' is dropped, the path the Buddha taught, which is the abandonment of craving (rather than mental ...
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Places offering samatha retreats / training

There is Pa-auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar (Burma). A good friend just spent a year there. He did a fair amount of research before settling for Myanmar and he also spent months in a temple in ...
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

The Brahmanistic folk-lore in Digha Nikaya 27 is probably the closest to Arthur Schopenhauer's viewpoint. However, DN 27 does not support Schopenhauer's viewpoint because it states: Hoti kho so, ...
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

There can not be an inexplicable disturbance in nibbana because there are no conditions with nibbana. Nibbana is an experiencial state of mind.
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

Digha Nikaya 27 https://suttacentral.net/en/dn27 is a 'Genesis' within classical Buddhist thought, and it gives a glimpse into how Samsara grows and prospers, so in a way giving people access away ...
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