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Anapanasati Retreat 2003 Handouts - 5th and 6th Instructions

by Viveka

5 th and 6th Contemplations of the Feelings (Vedana) Tetrad

A process of cause and effect (paticca-samuppada) where all five jhana factors are
encouraged thereby building samatha:
From the 1st tetrad arises a sense of ease and well-being in the breath, body and
If we engage with the breath and body moment by moment, our interest in being
with what’s actually happening is building and the pull to habitual hankerings
Then an internal sense of well-being, not dependent on external stimulation or
affirmation arises
The 5th and 6th contemplations focus on the “warm” jhana factors of piti and sukha
Satisfaction, rapture (Pali, piti; Sanskrit priti;)
Piti is a feeling of delight, pleasure, energy freely moving in the body (the main
manifestation) but also in the mind and emotions.
It arises when we breakthrough restricted blocked energy (mostly psychic but also
Buddhadasa describes it as the excited happiness (pleasant vedana) that arises
when one is successful in something
o Piti arises as our willingness to experience the breath and body, as they
are, begins to bear fruit. We see that the practice works
Traditionally piti is of 5 degrees
1. Lesser – raises hairs on the body
2. Momentary – like repeated flashes of lightning
3. Flooding – like waves breaking on the shore
4. All pervading – in the whole body, like a full bladder (or a fully inflated
balloon) or a mountain cavern pouring forth a mighty flood of water
5. Transporting – lifts the body (even levitates it)
Piti will to tend to quiet to bliss or sukha through a process called passaddhi (Pali) or
prasrabdhi (Sanskrit), likened to how the sound of a gong attenuates.
Passadhi is tension release, tranquility, serenity and it absorbs the energy of piti
From piti, through this process of passadhi the jhana factor of sukha arises.
Bliss or contentment (Pali, sukha) (note: translated in Rosenberg book as pleasure but
this is sukha specifically as one of the five jhana factors so better translated as bliss)
Literally, “easy to bear”
Tranquil, soothing pleasant vedana
Sukha results from piti
Sangharakshita defines bliss as, "the apparently causeless feeling of intense happiness
which wells up from the depths. Of his being when, the physical innervations associated
with piti have subsided, the meditator is no longer aware of the physical body."
Anapansati Retreat, 9/03, Dharmacharini Viveka

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