In his book Knowing and Seeing, Pa Auk Sayadaw writes the following:
Then The Buddha explains mindfulness-of-breathing :
He mindfully breathes in; mindfully breathes out.
Breathing in long, he understands:
I breathe in long;' breathing out long, he understands:I breathe out long.’
Breathing in short, he understands:
I breathe in short;' breathing out short, he understands:I breathe out short.’
Experiencing the whole [breath] body, I shall breathe in': thus he trains;experiencing the whole [breath] body, I shall breathe out’: thus he trains.
Tranquillizing the body-formation, I shall breathe in': thus he trains;tranquillizing the body-formation, I shall breathe out’: thus he trains.
Pa Auk Sayadaw stops here. He doesn’t quote the Buddha when the Buddha talks about mindfulness of feelings, mindfulness of mind, and so on.
So I have the impression that for Pa Auk Sayadaw, Anapanasati only concerns the first tetrad, and it’s not by practising the other tetrads that we reach jhana.
Please correct me if I’m wrong.
But in MN 125, the Buddha says this:
“Then the Tathāgata trains him further: ‘Come, monk, remain focused on the body in & of itself, but do not think any thoughts connected with the body.4 Remain focused on feelings in & of themselves, but do not think any thoughts connected with feelings. Remain focused on the mind in & of itself, but do not think any thoughts connected with mind. Remain focused on mental qualities in & of themselves, but do not think any thoughts connected with mental qualities.’ With the stilling of directed thoughts & evaluations, he enters & remains in the second jhāna: rapture & pleasure born of concentration, unification of awareness free from directed thought & evaluation—internal assurance.
It seems that according to this sutta one must attain the second jhâna by also practicing the other tetrads. I don’t understand how this is possible. How can the Pa-Auk system be reconciled with this sutta?
Thank you in advance.
May all beings quickly realize the Uncaused.