Upacara Bhavana: 1 definition

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Upacara Bhavana means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Journey to Nibbana: Patthana Dhama

When the practitioner becomes more mature, his mind becomes much much more concentrated. This is called upacara bhavana. Upacara bhavana is bhavana kamma or state of mind when there is no hindrances like

  1. kamacchanda nivarana or sensual thoughts
  2. byapada nivarana or aversive thoughts
  3. uddacca kukkucca nivarana or spreading repenting thoughts
  4. thina middha nivarana or sloth torpor tagged thoughts
  5. vicikiccha nivarana or suspicious thoughts.

Upacara bhavana is so pure that it can function well to penetrate dhamma. But it is not quite jhana. Just before jhana there arise gotrabhu citta, the citta which divides between kama cittas and jhana cittas.

The concentration that arises while in upacara bhavana is called upacara samadhi. It is pure and if there are other 7 right paths of Noble Eightfold Path, that upacara samadhi is called samma samadhi.

Upacara means proximity, crownprince. It is sometimes called proximate concentration.

context information

Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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