i'm alone, no teacher or temple nearby so i need advice.
the suttas are my teacher as well as some books by modern authors.
what i'm doing is using the eightfold path and further division into the three trainings of morality, concentration and wisdom.
so i'm following morality rules according to the suttas, easy enough.
for concentration (which includes mindfulness):
mindfulness i'm memorizing satipatthana sutta, reading "satipatthana: the direct path to realization" by Analayo and "four foundations of mindfulness in plain english" by bhante g. i think this should cover mindfulness, yes?
for jhana i've read "mindfulness, bliss and beyond" by brahm, "focused and fearless" by catherine. there is so much debate on proper jhana i'm at a loss here. i can sometimes enter the first jhana but not always with the same methods, i kind of mix and match so clearly i need advice here.
for wisdom: i'm observing anicca, dukkha and anatta in all things both on and off the cushion. reading the suttas, and so on. in my understanding wisdom develops as a result of the former mentioned steps in conjunction with some prior knowledge of the dhamma (you have to know what you're looking for). and i intend to get books on the anapanasati sutta as well as memorize the sutta itself to help develop wisdom.
critiques? advice? i really need to know about jhana! it's super ambiguous in the suttas and no two authors teach it the same.