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Postby BlueLotus » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:19 am

What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?

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Re: jhana

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:48 am

BlueLotus wrote:What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?


They are permeated throughout the Suttas, referring to the four jhanas and then usually after that it mentions the four formless realms (therefore, sometimes known as the four formless jhanas; five with 'cessation' making it 8 or 9 jhanas if you include the formless realms). Here is a small sample of Suttas, but there are actually many more:

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Re: jhana

Postby manas » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:50 am

BlueLotus wrote:What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?

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There are some wonderful similes and descriptions of jhana by the Buddha in the "Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life". The section on the jhanas occurs a fair way down the page.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Re: jhana

Postby Oh.Wow » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:24 am

A rather comprehensive guide can be found in the Anupada Sutta - the 111th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya. It covers the 8 Jhanas "One by One" as they occur by examining how Sariputta progressed through them and subsequently attained Arahatship. Here is a link that will connect you to an English translation of the Sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.111.than.html.
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Re: jhana

Postby BlueLotus » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:14 pm

thank you :anjali:
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Re: jhana

Postby contemplans » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:45 pm

I find Leigh Blasington's works interesting.
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