I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about his retreat. He mentioned that he heard of an engineer who claims to have mastered the jhanas and who offers secular courses on how to get into the jhanas. It seems odd, but assuming the guy knows what he is talking about and that he can teach I guess it is not a problem for me. To me it is a skill that would cost me money to receive instruction in whether I went on a religious retreat or something similar to a yoga vacation.
My friend mentioned that he thought the guy gave guarantees, which did bother me.
I don't think it is possible to guarantee someone will have an experience, so that came off as shady to me.
Has anyone heard of this guy and have an opinion?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.