- Dear Pali friends,
In the Nibbaanasukha sutta
in the description of fourth jhana there is
tassa ce, aavuso, bhikkhuno iminaa vihaarena viharato
upekkhaasahagataa sa~n~naamanasikaaraa samudaacaranti, svassa hoti
which is a bit strange since rather 'sukha' is a hindrance in fourth
jhana instead of 'upekkha'.
Could it be that an error has crept in? Or something special is meant?
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>I don't think this is an error. Upekkha is the attainment
> in the description of fourth jhana there is
> a passage:
> tassa ce, aavuso, bhikkhuno iminaa vihaarena viharato
> upekkhaasahagataa sa~n~naamanasikaaraa samudaacaranti,
> svassa hoti
> which is a bit strange since rather 'sukha' is a
> hindrance in fourth
> jhana instead of 'upekkha'.
> Could it be that an error has crept in? Or something
> special is meant?
of the third jhana. In the fourth jhana, upekkha is
stilled, so attention to upekkha becomes a hindrance.
This is consistent with the other jhanas, as well as the
other states described in the sutta. At each level, the
attainment of the previous level is left behind; if your
attention is stuck in that previous level, that will
interfere with your progress.
This is my interpretation. If someone else has a different
view, please share it.
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- Hi Bill,
BS> I don't think this is an error. Upekkha is the attainment
BS> of the third jhana. In the fourth jhana, upekkha is
BS> stilled, so attention to upekkha becomes a hindrance.
Thank you. Indeed I have found a confirmation in Tapussa sutta