I know we had some discussion about whether SatiPatthana relates to Jhaanas. I’d like to bring up the question of whether there is a relation to jhaana in the AanaApaanaSati Sutta?
The second (and maybe the third) ‘tetrad’ of the Mindfulness of Breathing instructions use words that usually take place in the jhaana context; piiti and sukkha specifically.
Obviously, piiti is the strongest quality of 1st jhaana (“breathing in/out experiencing rapture”). Sukkha the strongest quality of 2nd (“breathing in/out experiencing pleasure”). These first 2 jhaana would be more vedanaa (feeling) bodily qualities.
The 3rd and 4th then would be mentioned in the 3rd tetrad on citta. Could abhippamodayaṃ “‘gladdening’ the mind” be similar to 3rd jhaana when described as “pleasant abiding” or “contentment” (happiness and equanimity) as a subtler mental quality (citta) as opposed to the coarser bodily (/feeling/vedanaa) quality of jhaana 1 & 2. Samādahaṃ “‘concentrating’ the mind” could then be the imperturbable samaadhi of pure upekkha, stillness, in the 4th jhaana. Vimocayaṃ could be something like one of the awareness-releases?: “Householder, the immeasurable awareness-release, the nothingness awareness-release, the emptiness awareness-release, the themeless awareness-release” SN 41.7
Now, there are some problems with this analysis. Usually jhaana is described as being swept away by the piiti, dropping the object of sati. Here though, in aanaapaanasati, the object of sati (the in and out breath) is never dropped and remains throughout the whole meditation instructions. So if this is jhaana, maybe it is “jhaana-lite” or “jhaana training wheels”. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this subject?
…even if just to say this is an over-analysis haha