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Ways of Developing Immersion Further —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 4

5. With Rohitassa

41. Ways of Developing Immersion Further

1.1“Mendicants, there are these four ways of developing immersion further. 1.2What four? 1.3There is a way of developing immersion further that leads to blissful meditation in the present life. 1.4There is a way of developing immersion further that leads to gaining knowledge and vision. 1.5There is a way of developing immersion further that leads to mindfulness and awareness. 1.6There is a way of developing immersion further that leads to the ending of defilements.

2.1And what is the way of developing immersion further that leads to blissful meditation in the present life? 2.2It’s when a mendicant, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unskillful qualities, enters and remains in the first absorption … second absorption … third absorption … fourth absorption. 2.3This is the way of developing immersion further that leads to blissful meditation in the present life.

3.1And what is the way of developing immersion further that leads to gaining knowledge and vision? 3.2It’s when a mendicant focuses on the perception of light, concentrating on the perception of day, 3.3regardless of whether it’s night or day. 3.4And so, with an open and unenveloped heart, they develop a mind that’s full of radiance. 3.5This is the way of developing immersion further that leads to gaining knowledge and vision.

4.1And what is the way of developing immersion further that leads to mindfulness and awareness? 4.2It’s when a mendicant knows feelings as they arise, as they remain, and as they go away. 4.3They know perceptions as they arise, as they remain, and as they go away. They know thoughts as they arise, as they remain, and as they go away. 4.4This is the way of developing immersion further that leads to mindfulness and awareness.

5.1And what is the way of developing immersion further that leads to the ending of defilements? 5.2It’s when a mendicant meditates observing rise and fall in the five grasping aggregates. 5.3‘Such is form, such is the origin of form, such is the ending of form. 5.4Such is feeling, such is the origin of feeling, such is the ending of feeling. 5.5Such is perception, such is the origin of perception, such is the ending of perception. 5.6Such are choices, such is the origin of choices, such is the ending of choices. 5.7Such is consciousness, such is the origin of consciousness, such is the ending of consciousness.’ 5.8This is the way of developing immersion further that leads to the ending of defilements.

5.9These are the four ways of developing immersion further. 5.10And it was in this connection that I said in ‘The Way to the Beyond’, in ‘The Questions of Puṇṇaka’:

6.1‘Having surveyed the world high and low,
6.2they’re not shaken by anything in the world.
6.3Peaceful, unclouded, untroubled, with no need for hope,
6.4they’ve crossed over birth and old age, I declare.’”