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Meditation: All Levels of Meditation Lead to the Escapade
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The First State of Meditation
(1st Absorption, Jhana1)
1st Absorption, Jhana1

When our consciousness is with the breathing in and out until reaching the calmness from the Bad Deed Dhamma, this is what we call “Jhana1” or “The First Absorption.” In Jhana1, the negative thoughts, negative feelings, or bad deed concoctions will extinguish naturally. However, the positive thoughts, positive feelings, or un-harmful concoction still exists. One thought (directed attention) and the thought that follows this thought (examination) still exist. But the things that we get are seclusion, peacefulness, rapture, and pleasure.




The Second State of Meditation
(2nd Absorption, Jhana2)

In Jhana2, the bad deed thoughts still exist. They are still thinking about this and that. In Jhana2, all thoughts must be abandoned. We will not estimate the good thoughts. We will also not estimate the bad thoughts. We will let them all extinguish by themselves by often raising consciousness with the breathing in and out. When it goes back to thinking, pull it back with the breathing. If it goes back, pull it back to be with the breathing in and out again. When we do this frequently, it will have the power of not going back automatically. Just relax and practice this often without pressuring or forcing yourself. Only be diligent and have perseverance in raising consciousness with the breathing in and out frequently. When we keep doing this, the Buddha said that “One thought-Examination(the concoction from this thought to another thought)” would extinguish naturally. The thoughts that are still thinking about this and that will extinguish naturally. Then, the meditation will also happen naturally. The rapture and pleasure will follow concertedly in that natural meditation.




The Third State of Meditation (3rd Absorption, Jhana3)

In Jhana3, the thoughts that think about this and that will extinguish naturally when we bring our consciousness to be with the breathing in and out. When the rapture happens, it will not go along with that rapture. Then, the rapture will extinguish naturally. After that, we let the mind to be free. The mind will settle like that naturally. Then, the mind will become naturally neutral because it will not go along with any condition of the mind. The natural neutral mind in Pali is called “Ubekkha”.




The Fourth State of Meditation (4th Absorption, Jhana4)

In Jhana4, when the rapture happens, pleasure happens, and suffering happens, it will not go along with those behaviors and does not have anything to do with things that flicker in the mind. Then, the rapture, the pleasure, and the suffering will extinguish naturally. Joyfulness and non-joyfulness will also extinguish naturally, then, let the mind to be free. The mind will settle like that naturally.

When being in Jhana1, Jhana2, Jhana3, or Jhana4, Buddha said that it can “lead to the escapade” by letting go of the Five Aggregates. In Jhana1, Jhana2, Jhana3, or Jhana4, the Five Aggregates are still active, which are physical perception, feeling, recognition, concoction, and the mind. How can we let go of the Five Aggregates? The Buddha told us to consider according to the truth that:

# The body is impermanence, rotten, the center of diseases, abscess, grief, sickness, difficulty, a thing that borrows from nature, goes back to nature, not attached, suffering when attached, a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# The feeling is impermanence, a thing that borrows from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# The recognition is impermanence, a thing that borrows from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# The concoction is impermanence, a thing that borrows from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# The mind is impermanence, a thing that borrows from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

If we keep considering and see the truth like this, it will lead to non-attachment. Non-attachment is the base to reaching escapade. Escapade arises from the mind escaping attachment with the physical, the mind escaping attachment with feeling, the mind escaping attachment with recognition, and the mind escaping attachment with concoction. Lastly, our ego or the adherer that attaches to the mind as “a self” will abandon the mind. This is the Freedom because our ego or the adherer escape from the attachment of the Five Aggregates. In Pali, the escapade is called “Nirvana.” It is a delicate calmness, the ending of all greed, relaxation, and eventually, extinguishment. All these are the escapade.

Just by being calm from the level of Jhana1, Jhana2, Jhana3, or Jhana4, you can escape by letting go of the Five Aggregates as mentioned. If you do not escape in this life, at least you will become a non-returner or those who will escape in the next life. Reaching non-attachment and reaching the cessation of suffering is the path to the immortal element. All of which means “Nirvana”. Those who reach the meditation level of Jhana1, Jhana2, Jhana3, or Jhana4 can escape with these behaviors. (Tripitaka Nawakanibat Angkhuttaranikai, Book No. 23, Pages 438-444, Item No. 240.)




The Right Concentration

The Buddha said that those who reach the meditation level of Jhana1-Jhana4 can lead the mind to nirvana by using great wisdom. It is a thorough wisdom in the cessation of suffering. Those who have the inward action and understand the great wisdom thoroughly are those who are prospering in “the right concentration” or a “converted person”. (Tripitaka Panchakanibat Angkhuttaranikai, Book No. 22, Pages 26-30, Item No. 28.) It is called a “converted person” because when the person reaches the meditation level of Jhana1-Jhana4, then they lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, in the present.




The Prosperous Right Concentration

The Buddha further said that those who reach the meditation level of Jhana1-Jhana4 can lead the mind for the cessation of suffering. That person is in “the right concentration” or a “converted person.” What are the things in “the prosperous right concentration”? The Buddha said that there are 7 things and these 7 things are the components of the “the prosperous right concentration.” Those who are in this “prosperous right concentration” will have these 7 things together automatically. These 7 things are the right understanding

# (Sammathitthi) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, the right thought

# (Sammasangkappa) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, the right speech

# (Sammawacha) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, the right action

# (Sammakammanta) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, the right livelihood

# (Samma-Achiwa) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, the right effort

# (Sammawayama) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present, and the right mindfulness

# (Sammasati) that can lead the mind to nirvana, to escape, for the cessation of suffering in the present.

This is the unity of mind. This is the perseverance of mind. These 7 things are automated components within the mind when that person leads the mind for nirvana or for escapade. (Tripitaka Phra Phutthaphasit Mahawanrawak Sangyuttanikai, Book No. 19, Pages 25-26, Item No. 81-83; Uphariphannat Matchimanikai, Book No. 14, Page 180, Item No. 252-253.)




Just by having the natural meditation, you can escape.

There is one meditation that has no name. The writer called this meditation “Natural Meditation”. Buddha stated that:

# It is the meditation that does not come from “staring at the ground”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “staring at the water”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “staring at the fire”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “staring at the wind”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “entering and dwelling in the base of the infinity of space”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “entering and dwelling in the base of the infinity of consciousness”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “entering and dwelling in the base of nothingness”.

# It is the meditation that does not come from “entering and dwelling in the base of neither-perception-nor-non perception”.

# It is the meditation that is deprived of “the inward action in this world and the inward action in another world”.

# It is the meditation that “does not take the inward action in things that we see, hear, or feel”.

# It is the meditation that “does not take the inward action in things that we have enlightened and attained”.

# It is the meditation that “does not take the inward action in things that we have sought and followed”.

All of these are one of the recognition, which are the delicate calmness, the ending of all sufferings, the ending of all greed, relaxation, and eventually, extinguishment. All of these are the liberation. In Pali, it is called “Nirvana.” (Tripitaka Akathotsakanibat Angkhuttaranikai, Book No. 24, Page 343, Item No. 214.) This is “natural meditation” that comes from the calmness and lead to the immortal element or “Nirvana”. Reaching non-attachment and reaching the cessation of suffering can immediately lead to nirvana at present.




The Fifth State of Meditation (5th Absorption, Jhana5)

When calming until reaching the level of Jhana5, recognition of forms will extinguish, physical feeling will extinguish, the feeling of the breathing in and out will extinguish, and a faint feeling of resistance that, when encounters the things that flicker in the mind, will not match with recognitions we’re familiar with, like muddy water that suddenly becomes clear despite the flickering that continues to occur. If it has extinguished, it will not pay attention to other recognitions. When all recognitions disappear, it means that the person is “doing the inward action that enters and dwells in the base of the infinity of space.” It means that the person has reached the meditation level of “Akasananchayatana”.




The Sixth State of Meditation
(6th Absorption, Jhana6)

When we go beyond “entering and dwelling in the base of the infinity of space” until seeing the cause that is hidden behind the action that “the space is infinity,” it is “mind, heart, and spirit.” When we see the cause that is hidden behind the action of “the space is infinity”, we enter to find the ending again by “entering and dwelling in the base of the infinity of mind.” It means that we have reached the meditation level of “Winyananchayatana”.




The Seventh State of Meditation (7th Absorption, Jhana7)

When we enter and dwell in the base of the infinity of mind, at the end the spirit is emptiness and appears to be nothingness. Therefore, it catches the emptiness and nothingness form as the principle of “enter and dwell in the base of nothingness”. This shows that we have reached the meditation level of “Akinchanyayatana”.




The Eighth State of Meditation (8th Absorption, Jhana8)

When we keep “entering and dwelling in the base of nothingness”, it has reached the end because there is something flickering in that nothingness. That thing is the “recognition.” When reaching the end, we will see the “entering and dwelling in the base of neither-perception-nor-nonperception.” In Pali, the meditation level is called “Newasanyanasanyayatana.” You have to go out of the meditation and go in again. Go in and out like this often until seeing the remaining condition.




The Ninth State of Meditation (9th Absorption, Jhana9)

From the meditation level of entering and dwelling in the base of neither-perception-nor-nonperception, now it leads to the elaboration, delicate, relaxation, and extinguishment of all recognition. This meditation level is more elaboration and more delicate until seeing the relaxation and the extinguishment of all recognition. Only the mind is immersed with the concoction.

When being in Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, Buddha said that it “can lead to the escapade” by letting go of the remaining four of the Five Aggregates. In Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, the remaining four of the Five Aggregates are the feelings, the recognition, the concoction, and the mind. How can we let go of the remaining four of the Five Aggregates? Buddha said that it should be considered according to the truth that:

# In Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, consider according to the truth that the feelings are impermanence, things that borrow from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, has a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# In Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, consider according to the truth that the recognitions are impermanence, things that borrow from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, has a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# In Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, consider according to the truth that the concoctions are impermanence, things that borrow from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, has a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

# In Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8, consider according to the truth that the mind is impermanence, things that borrow from nature, not attached, suffering when attached, has a non-self, and emptiness with no true essence.

Consider according to the truth like this and see according to the truth like this, then it will lead to non-attachment. Non-attachment is the base to the escapade. It is the escapade because the mind gets away from the attachment to feelings, It is the escapade because the mind gets away from the attachment to recognitions (this is the behavior of Jhana8 as well), It is the escapade because the mind gets away from the attachment to concoctions (this is the behavior of Jhana9 as well), and lastly, our ego or the adherer that adheres to the mind as “a self” gets away from the mind. Therefore, it is the escapade or the escape from the attachment in the remaining four of the Five Aggregates. In Pali, this escapade is called “Nirvana.” It is a delicate calmness, the ending of all sufferings, the ending of all greed, relaxation, and eventually, extinguishment. All these are the escapade.

Just be calmed until reaching the level of Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, or Jhana8; you can escape by letting go of the remaining four of the Five Aggregates as mentioned. As for Jhana9, it is to let go of the remaining two of the Five Aggregates. When the mind gets away from attachment with concoction, it is the escapade. If not escaping in this life, at least you will become a non-returner. You will be a person who will definitely escape in the next life because reaching non-attachment or reaching the cessation of suffering is the path to the immortal element. All of which means “Nirvana.” Those who reach the meditation level of Jhana5, Jhana6, Jhana7, Jhana8, or Jhana9 can escape with these behaviors. (Tripitaka Nawakanibat Angkhuttaranikai, Pages 438-444, Item No. 240.)

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