Again thanks a lot for your kind and helpful advice on my previous inquiry "what a lay practitioner shouldn't do?". I feel very fortunate to have found this forum and the nice friends, which I'll use as my sangha to "associate with people of integrity".
I'm reading a nice collection "The way to Stream-entry", found on Access to Insight [ http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/index.html
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ]. As I gathered, cutting off the first three fetters [identity-view, doubt, and grasping at rules and rituals] and cultivating the four characters: the conviction [in the triple gem], virtue (observing the precepts), generosity [to the sangha and etc.], mindfulness/discernment are needed for stream antry. No jhana seems to be required for stream entry. At this stage, in addition to reading the suttas, I wonder if I should focus primarily on removing defilements and cultivating virtues, instead of spending lots of time (now over 4hs each day) on concentration meditation [sitting and walking, I'm at a stage with rapture, close to 1st jhana]. Knowing me pretty well, some highly respectful monk recommended that I shall spend as much time as possible on concentration meditation. But now I'm not sure if that's what I should do at the beginning stage (2 months old). Your kind input would be most appreciated.
PS: SN Chapter I - 45 Maggasaṃyutta Connected Discourses on the Path, 1 (1) Ignorance
“Bhikkhus, ignorance is the forerunner in the entry upon unwholesome states, with shamelessness and fearlessness of wrongdoing following along. For an unwise person immersed in ignorance, wrong view springs up. For one of wrong view, wrong intention springs up. For one of wrong intention, wrong speech springs up. For one of wrong speech, wrong action springs up. For one of wrong action, wrong livelihood springs up. For one of wrong livelihood, wrong effort springs up. For one of wrong effort, wrong mindfulness springs up. For one of wrong mindfulness, wrong concentration springs up.
“Bhikkhus, true knowledge is the forerunner in the entry upon wholesome states, with a sense of shame and fear of wrongdoing following along. For a wise person who has arrived at true knowledge, right view springs up. For one of right view, right intention springs up. For one of right intention, right speech springs up. For one of right speech, right action springs up. For one of right action, right livelihood springs up. For one of right livelihood, right effort springs up. For one of right effort, right mindfulness springs up. For one of right mindfulness, right concentration springs up.”
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