Basic instructions for entering first jana?

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Re: Basic instructions for entering first jana?

Postby Spiny Norman » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:34 am

philosopher wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote: I think this can be usefully considered in relation to steps 5 and 6 of the 4 tetrads of Anapanasati.

I'm not familiar with this. Could you recommend an accessible introductory guide?


I'd recommend starting with the source text, the Anapanasati Sutta. There are quite a number of commentaries, but "Mindfulness with Breathing" by Buddhadasa Bikkhu is IMO one of the better ones.
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Re: Basic instructions for entering first jana?

Postby Spiny Norman » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:36 am

It's probably also worth reading some sutta descriptions of the jhanas, eg here, about 2/3 down: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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