Continuing the discussion from Intellectual dishonesty:
That is interesting, could you cite a source and provide a quote? I don’t know why you consider that an eccentric belief. It’s perfectly in line with an ockhams razor straightforward reading of EBT first jhana passages. It’s incongruent with VRJ and Ajahn Brahm’s redefinition of jhana practice, but why should that be your reference point of comparison when B. Thanissaro, B. Gunaratana, Ajahn Lee, are arguably as popular and influential and they follow a simple EBT reading of first jhana?
In the sarvastivada Agama parallel to SN 36.11, I don’t know if you recall but you may have even participated in that thread where I worked with a translation of it,
(while in jhāna, thinking, then emerging)
|爾時，尊者阿難獨一靜處||At that time, Venerable Ānanda was alone in a solitary place,|
|禪(jhāna) 思(contemplation)，念言：||contemplating in dhyāna, and thinking,|