Hi friends, thanks for your very helpful input to my previous posts. I'm very glad to have such highly advanced practitioners in this forum, whom I really should call teachers instead of friends. I'd like to get your comments and advice about my meditation practice as well.
Since October I’ve separated my meditation into:
1) Insight meditation which combines Ānāpānasati and Satipatthana (adapted to walking meditation instead of breathing so that I can sit in full lotus for longer time during concentration meditation which is done after insight meditation). I’ve been doing contemplations only on 3 characteristics of / detachment from the 5 aggregates and 6 sense objects. Thanks to your help – now I’ve decided to add “those mental fabrications/qualities*”mentioned in MN 110 to my contemplation of the aggregate of mental fabrication, and especially add the contemplation of the property of the deathless to my insight meditation. [*directed thought, evaluation, rapture, pleasure, and the unification/singleness of mind; the contact, feeling, perception, volition/intention and consciousness; the desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity, and attention].
2) Concentration meditation which is mainly step 1-4 of Ānāpānasati, and my mindfulness/awareness that 'The whole body is breathing in/out' is maintained to the extent of knowledge & remembrance. Sometimes I can enter “trance”, and after emerging from it I don’t want to talk (or act/think actively) while feeling very tranquil, which can last for hours and is usually accompanied by the “shower” rapture (once lasted 1.5 days with sukha- 轻安？).
I wonder if my concentration meditation is the sort that blocks things out as mentioned by Ven. Thanissaro? Is this “trance” the right kind of state?
Any comment/adivce on my meditation would be most appreciated.
PS: I’ve understood from the two suttas Kenshou kindly recommended (MN 111 & AN 9.36) that,
1) before attaining the dimension of nothingness, it seems better to contemplate the 3 characteristics of & detachment from those mental fabrications* and to contemplate the property of deathlessness while in the jhanas/samadhi.
2) After this stage, such contemplations are done after emerging from the jhanas/samadhi.
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