breath as concept as dhatu?
- Hi Nina
I was listening to a talk about breath. I heard this - "concept
of breath can be object of samattha, but reality ofreath is object
A couple of questions -
If one sneezes on one's hand, say, the awareness of the breath will
be as concept, but it can also be dhatu, I heard. Dhatu can be
concept, I heard. This surprised me. Doesn't dhatu mean element?
Mustn't dhatu be paramattha dhamma?
For the breath to be known as reality, it would need to be the
rupa that it produced by citta, I heard, and this is too subtle, too
difficult. So people who develop samattha have the nimitta as
object - did I get that right?
And in the recent talks there is the talk about nimitta, that when
we are aware of characteristics it will be as nimitta. Is this the
same thing as the nimitta that samatha has as object? I guess not,
because I think I heard Acharn Sujin say that samattha is not about
understanding, but surely knowing characteristics is about
Thanks in advance for any feedback, and please no hurry. (Also,
again, no need for a reply to my post about "no nina")