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Is Meditation better than Sex and drugs?

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I've been reading Ajahn Brahm's book "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond" and in the opening paragraph he claims that meditation is better than sex.

Do you find this to be true? Are the Jhana's the best pleasure known to man? Better than making love to a supermodel, better than taking a hit few hits of quality MDMA?

RE: Is Meditation better than Sex and drugs?
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11/9/12 9:46 PM as a reply to Jinxed P.
All of these things comprise of sensations that arise and vanish. Regardless of the context, there is dukkha in them - done with meditation or not. It is possible to simulate these exact sensations using meditation. The "karmic consequences" are likely less if done using meditation.

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11/10/12 8:41 AM as a reply to Jinxed P.
Depends what you/he means by "better". The good sensations of meditation aren't more pleasurable (and the bad sensations of meditation aren't worse). But meditation can be thrilling, and the risks are far less.

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11/10/12 2:58 PM as a reply to Jinxed P.
Yes, 3rd jhana is better than sex. More stable, more restful, and generally simplifies your relationship to life rather than complicating it.

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11/10/12 4:58 PM as a reply to fivebells ..
fivebells .:
Yes, 3rd jhana is better than sex. More stable, more restful, and generally simplifies your relationship to life rather than complicating it.


Is third jhana the best there is?

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11/10/12 10:25 PM as a reply to Jinxed P.
I've stumbled into 3rd jhana and 7th jhana a few times by accident, and my mastery of 1st jhana is quite sketchy. If by best you mean pleasantness, there is more bliss in 3rd than 1st. There is nothing in 7th. In terms of utility for awakening, I can only speak theoretically, but I understand that mastering the whole sequence is valuable from that perspective.

I'm pretty sure I could hit 3rd again if I meditated 7 or 8 hours a day, like I was the times I was hitting it before. But I don't spend 7 or 8 hours a day chasing sex, either. emoticon