kitztack wrote:i have read many experienced instructors and teachers say that jhanas should not be viewed as something to be attained, but rather that they are a by-product that arises from purifying the mind . strong concentration does need to be developed.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:This was why, as long as your awareness was still and alert all-around, it didn't matter whether you were in the first or the fourteenth jhana, for the way you treated your state of concentration was always the same. By directing your attention to issues of stress and its absence, he was pointing you to terms by which to evaluate your state of mind for yourself, without having to ask any outside authority.
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