The Jhanas

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The Jhanas

Postby Dhammakid » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:29 pm

Hello all,
Although I'm not yet ready for jhana meditation, I would like to read up on them to get a better understanding of what they are. I know about some books out there by Ajahn Brahm, Ayya Khema, and others. But I can't spend any money right now. Are there any online resources explaining the jhanas and how to attain them? And not something shallow or basic. I want something in-depth. That might be a stretch for the net, I understand, but it's worth a try.

Any feedback is appreciated.

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:31 pm

You can download the basic chapters of Ajahn Brahm's book, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, from http://bswa.org/ and also many guided meditations in the podcast area. In the "saturday" ones he discussed particular issues.

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby stuka » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:49 pm

http://what-buddha-taught.net/books/gun ... jhanas.htm

The Jhānas in Theravāda Buddhist Meditation by Mahathera Henepola Gunaratana
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Re: The Jhanas

Postby Dhammakid » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:11 pm

mikenz66 wrote:You can download the basic chapters of Ajahn Brahm's book, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, from http://bswa.org/ and also many guided meditations in the podcast area. In the "saturday" ones he discussed particular issues.

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Thanks Mike. But I can't find the link to this book on that site. Do you have a direct link?
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Re: The Jhanas

Postby Dhammakid » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:13 pm

stuka wrote:http://what-buddha-taught.net/books/gunaratana_the_jhanas.htm

The Jhānas in Theravāda Buddhist Meditation by Mahathera Henepola Gunaratana


Thanks Stuka. This looks like a great resource. I really enjoy his book "Mindfulness in Plain English" so it's nice to have another one from him.

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:15 pm

Dhammakid wrote:
mikenz66 wrote:You can download the basic chapters of Ajahn Brahm's book, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, from http://bswa.org/ and also many guided meditations in the podcast area. In the "saturday" ones he discussed particular issues.

Thanks Mike. But I can't find the link to this book on that site. Do you have a direct link?

Hmm, annoying isn't it?

Scroll down and click on the book cover on the right, which will take you to the bookstore. Click on it again and you will get a pdf, which is this: http://www.bswa.org/PDF/MindfulnessBlis ... ers1-5.pdf

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:23 pm

hi
here are some links in a quick search I done looking for a site I know of but the Jhanas aren't something I know about and would prefer a simple explanation for each!

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... Jhanas.pdf
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... jhana.html
http://www.leighb.com/jhanas.htm

and the page I was looking for
http://www.leighb.com/jhanantp.htm
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Re: The Jhanas

Postby Dhammakid » Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:29 am

Thanks Mike and Manapa, it is greatly appreciated.

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:14 am

Hello all,

You may find this article of interest:
The Jhānas and the Lay Disciple According to the Pāli Suttas ~ Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://mail.saigon.com/~anson/ebud/ebdha267.htm

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Re: The Jhanas

Postby Dhammakid » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:46 pm

Chris wrote:Hello all,

You may find this article of interest:
The Jhānas and the Lay Disciple According to the Pāli Suttas ~ Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://mail.saigon.com/~anson/ebud/ebdha267.htm

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Hey Cooran! Great to see you here :) Thanks so much for the link, it really helps a lot.

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