Hi everyone, The Buddha makes it quite clear that 'meditation' is not the way to enlightenment. Consider this passage from MN 52:
Actually all Jhanas are samsaric states. source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/jootla/wheel414.htmlThe Way to Enlightenment is by living one's life in accordance with The Noble Eight Fold Path.Meditation is a means develop the skill of mindfulness. Mindfulness leads to Wisdom (Right View, Right Thought), Morality ( Right Action, Right Speech, Right Livelihood), and Concentration (Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration)source: saccahttp://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/s_t/sacca.htmOne cannot follow the path in ignorance, especially of how our minds work, and the fact, "Mind leads the heart as the oxen lead the cart." IOW if we are lusting after "stuff and things" our mind is leading us on the route to the hell realms and not along the path of unbinding and release.
True, but nirvana is sometimes referred to as "ninth jhana".
Interesting! Never heard that one before. Source?Quote from: Karma Dondrup Tashi on April 16, 2010, 08:32:25 amTrue, but nirvana is sometimes referred to as "ninth jhana".
The Jhanas are the result of samatha (concentration) meditation, correct? My understanding was that, through samatha meditation, one can develop the concentration to succeed in vipassana (insight) meditation, which leads to enlightenment. Is that incorrect?