☸4nt → 8aam #8: Sammā Samādhi

☸8aam #8: Sammā Samādhi 🌄

(Righteous Undistractable-Lucidity)

samma samadhi kicking ass The elephant is sati. Always remembers what he needs to do, never forgets. The rider represents the wise gate keeper from AN 7.67, the frontier fortress. AN 5.139: “And how is a king’s elephant resilient to ...fearful sights... horrible smells ... terrifying sounds ... physical pain ...? ... having gone into battle, he is pierced by a flight of arrows, two flights, three flights, four flights, five flights of arrows, but he doesn’t falter or faint, he steels himself and engages in the battle... That resilience (khamo) is the key characteristic of samadhi. Not "stillness". Pacification and serenity are important NUTRIMENTS of samadhi, but they are not equivalent to it. There are many 'samadhi suttas' in the EBT, but only one sutta titled "samma samadhi" (AN 5.113). Its central focus is Khamo/resilience, not "stillness". Samadhi is not a trance, not a state where you can't think, can not act, and not form an intention. Samadhi is dynamic. It can appear quiescent, but it's poised and alert, not in an trance. When you're in samadhi, you may appear very still, but you ready. You is ready. You be ready, on a moment's notice, to fight the asavas and break through to nirvana. Samadhi is the pinnacle 🌄 of lucidity, of mental power. AN 5.113: “possesssing five-of-these qualities, (a) monk [is] capable (of) dwelling in righteous-undistractable-lucidity, Which five? (a) monk is resilient to forms, sounds, odors, tastes, and tactile-objects,


What is Samādhi?

definition of Samādhi: An umbrella term with many nuances and attributes.
STED Sammā Samādhi from Pāli and Agamas, and sanskrit
⛔Wrong concentration, wrong Jhāna
similes for Sammā Samādhi (especially 4 jhānas)

The four Jhānas

code phrases that mean "do 4 jhānas": also codes for other samādhi attainments, and JST do it (jhāna sandwich theorem)
Samādhi in 3 ways: with V&V, without vicāra, etc. : They map into 4 jhānas
role of 🌄 Ekaggatā, Ekodi in Jhānas: Ekodi appears first in 2nd jhāna, and applies to all samādhis higher than that.
🚶 Walking meditation, samādhi & jhāna in all postures:

        4 Jhānas: Where insight 👁 happens

                V&V💭 vitakka & vicāra: thinking & evaluation
        S&S💭 sati & sam-pajāno: remembering & lucid-discerning
        Jhāna is satipaṭṭhāna, and satipaṭṭhāna is Jhāna
        Upekkha in the Jhānas, 7sb, 4bv. : Equanimous-observation 👁 powered by samādhi 🌄

        What are samādhi-nimittas?

        samādhi-nimitta are the 4sp : sati remembers Dhamma, nimittas are Dhammas fed into the 7sb machine.

STED (smd 1) 🌘 paṭhamaṃ jhānaṃ: First Jhāna | V&V💭 (in J1)     (in EBT)
STED (smd 2) 🌗 dutiyaṃ jhānaṃ: Second Jhāna, ariyo vā tuṇhī-bhāvo (noble ☸ silence 😶)
STED (smd 3) 🌖 tatiyaṃ jhānaṃ: Third Jhāna
STED (smd 4) 🌕 catutthaṃ jhānaṃ: Fourth Jhāna, and 4j aneñja (imperturbability)

The four Jhānas are not formless samādhi attainments

rūpa is not a-rūpa, 4 jhānas operate in rūpa: You think that would be obvious, but it's not a well understood point.
In the 4 jhānas, the body (kāya) is physical, and feelings (vedana) by default originate from the physical
If you can feel leg pain in 4 jhānas, then ...
You can hear sounds in the 4 jhānas.: Which samādhis are silent?

Formless attainments 👻

These are not explicitly defined under Sammā Samādhi, but several passages suggest these are a subset of fourth jhāna.

STED (smd 5) ākāsā-nañcā-(a)yatanaṃ: Space-infinitude-dimension
STED (smd 6) viññāṇañcā-(a)yatanaṃ: Consciousness-infinitude-dimension
STED (smd 7) ākiñcaññā-(a)yatanaṃ: Nothingness-dimension
STED (smd 8) Neva-saññā-nāsaññā-(a)yatanaṃ: Neither-perception-nor-non-perception-dimension
STED (smd 9) Saññā-vedayita-nirodhaṃ: Perception-feeling-cessation

Special states

A-nimitta Samādhi, A-nimitta ceto-vimutti: Sign-less concentration, sign-less mind-liberation
Ap-paṇihita:(un-directed) samādhi
na sa-saṅkhāra-niggayha-vārita-gato: not using-- fabrications (to) – restrain – (and) block [defilements] – ****
suññato samādhi: see MN 121 & 122. An article surveying all passages eventually.

Misc.

Mastery of Samādhi
Samādhi group, integration of specialized terms , translation issue and how they fit together

EBT compliance in Jhāna

EBT Jhāna Vs. Vism. Redefinition

EBT compliant Jhāna commentaries

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

        All of his books are free, all of his views on Jhāna are EBT compliant: http://www.dhammatalks.org

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

        Should we come out of Jhāna to practice Vipassanā?
        Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English (from wisdom pub)
        His older published books and writings on Jhāna follow Vism. and is NOT EBT compliant, so beware!

Non EBT commentaries

        KN Pe: Peṭakopadesa (pitaka disclosure): everything interesting it says about jhāna & samādhi
        Vimt. chapter on 4 jhānas, 4 arupa attainments
        Dhyāna Samādhi Sutra chapter on 4 jhānas, 4 arupa attainments, levitation
        Ajahn Chah's explanation of Jhāna, samādhi
        Thanissaro Bhikkhu