Sunday, February 3, 2019

SN 46.3 the real bojjhanga paritta, notice what (V&V💭) and S&S🐘💭 are doing

I recite this every day, it’s the compressed version of SN 46.3, also occurs multiple times in anapansati samyutta.

notice what (V&V💭) vitakka & vicāra, directed-thought & evaluation are doing. If you recite this every day, examining the meaning as you recite, once you understand how these 7 steps take you from sati to samādhi, and how it overlaps with the 4 jhānas, you’ll never be confused or doubt how (V&V💭) works. I've highlighted key pali words so you can't ignore the truth.


  1. Hi Frank,
    Thank you for sharing. There are several suttas which indicate that the 7sb samadhi need not overlap with the 4 jhānas. See

    -Vinaya pi-tv-kd8 (Lady Visākhā's boon)

    -DN 2 (after abandoning the 5 hindrances but before entering the 4 jhānas)

    -DN 13 (after abandoning the 5 hindrances but before entering the 4 brahmā vihāras)

    -DN 18 (Brahmā Sanaṅkumāra's description of noble right samādhi)

    I think the 7sb samādhi assumes right view and therefore fulfills the condition for entering noble right samādhi (4 jhānas) or 4 brahmā vihāras+7sb (see SN 46.54). I take the difference between 7sb samādhi and 4 jhānas to be that with the 7sb samādhi, the pītī and sukha that arise from abandoning the 5 hindrances is strong enough to keep the mind one pointed but not so strong that one is unable to speak. Whereas the first jhāna entails full saturation of the whole body with sukha (unwavering mindfulness of the body) and cessation of speech.

    1. Hi unknown,
      I've answered on dhammawheel forum: