🔬details: Pīti😁 & Pā-mojja😁
* if you want to know what Pīti as a sam-bojjhanga (awakening factor) means, best place is to check the bojjhanga samyutta, SN 46.
* from SN 46.2
, regarding the nutriments for pīti, the sutta punts on the question and gives a vague broad answer of “subjects which are the basis for pīti.” So we’ll have to find the answer to this question from other suttas. Mystery solved later in this paper.
* from SN 46.3
, we know the 7sb is a causal sequence. That is, each of the 7 steps is a direct cause and link to the following one.
* Piti is described as nira-misa pleasure non-carnal, (SN 46.3 and many other passages), which by definition in other suttas is the pīti of first and second jhana.
* (1) one of primary causes of pīti, the “default” option the Buddha expects us to use as a pīti generator on demand, comes from the prior 7sb factor “viriya-sam-bojjhanga”. SN 46.3 is very terse and doesn’t explain clearly how exactly doing viriya (right effort, right exertion) causes piti to arise. But in the chapter of this paper, “piti caused by preceding factor viriya...”, by searching for the compound “piti-pamojja” in all the suttas, it turns up the explicit answer we’re looking for, in several sutta passages such as AN 6.20. In short, it’s because viriya is doing a good job of purifying our mind and behavior, the uplifting mental emotion of piti and pamojja (mudita) arise from reflecting in ourselves that our sila and virtue are pure.
* there are two other main causes of piti, also answered in SN 46.3.
* (2) piti caused by encountering inspiring figures in the sangha, such as the Buddha and arahants, especially an inspiring Dhamma teacher delivering a live Dhamma talk.
* (3) piti caused by sati-bojjhanga deliberately choosing a particular Dhamma topic to recollect and feed into the 7sb samadhi engine. The topic would be appropriate to the needs of the immediate moment. But pretty much any Dhamma topic should cause joy to arise, because you know your dukkha is about to be lessened by applying that Dharma, right away. It’s just like an addict getting an endorphine rush before they even consume the physical or mental food, anticipating the pleasurable result. Similarly, if you’re not dense, eventually you can tap into the same biochemical process of trigger, habit, reward (brain chemical high) by paying attention to the nimitta or perception that any genuine Dharma is beautiful
, not just aesthetically, but because it pays cold hard cash and delivers results in immediate relief from Dukkha.
Most occurrences of pā-mojja, mudita, pīti in 7sb
These are most of the sutta occurrence of that sequence. Searching for ‘pīti’ would turn up too many results and hard to sift out the frequent STED 4jhana hits.
Searching for pamojj* in partial 7sb sequence
matching: pāmojjaṃ jāyati, pamuditassa pīti jāyati, pītimanassa kāyo passambhati
KN (also occurs)