In the Pali texts, there are some very vivid similes in AN 5.28 about noble right samadhi with five factors. These include a simile about bath powder, a lotus root deep in the water, etc. But I’m looking at parallels… None.
These have always struck me as interesting but also kind of odd. I say odd because if such similes were present or current among the Sarvastivadins, etc., I would have expected them to have been referenced here or there in Chinese Buddhism, or in classical meditation manuals. Yet I have not seen the Pali similes in that context.
However, the Sarvastivadins did use a simile about a lotus root for the Third Dhyana in a different sense when referring to the breath going through the pores of the body. That one was passed down in the Mahavibhasa and other later texts. Also, in the Sarvastivada / Mulasarvastivada text, Sutra on Entering the Womb, the pores of a developing fetus are compared with the holes of a lotus root.
A cursory look through the agamas for references to lotus roots did not seem to yield anything directly related. So I’m throwing out a broader net… Is anyone else aware of parallels to the similes in AN 5.28 ?