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Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

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Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby Maarten » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:05 am

I am practicing metta and am thinking about making this my main type of meditation. I read in some books about metta jhanas. I think that if you can get into Jhana with it, you can get enlightened with it. So is there any mention about metta Jhana in the suttas or is this a later addition?

With metta! ;)

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Re: Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby bodom » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:45 pm

Samadhi Sutta: (Immeasurable) Concentration
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Sankhitta Sutta: In Brief
(Good Will, Mindfulness, & Concentration)

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

The two suttas above show that metta meditation can lead to concentration and the jhanas.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby amtross » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:31 pm

Thanks for those links Bodom. Here is another Sutta that talks about metta in realation to Jhana's and as a vehicle leading all the way to full liberation.

Metta Sutta:

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Re: Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby daverupa » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:49 pm

The Samyutta Nikaya connects the four brahmaviharas as well as anapanasati with the seven factors of awakening. Altogether, the seven factors almost seem like a way of summing up Samadhi:

Mindfulness (sati)
Keen investigation of the dhamma (dhammavicaya)
Energy (viriya)
Rapture or happiness (piti)
Calm (passaddhi)
Concentration (samadhi)
Equanimity (upekkha)

Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration all seem to be included; the only trick is that we have discourses showcasing how anapanasati fulfills satipatthana, but I'm not aware of there being an explicit connection like that between the brahmaviharas and satipatthana, although karuna is closely allied with efforts to suppress the hindrance of ill-will.

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Re: Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby Maarten » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:25 pm

Thank you everyone! This is enough for me to study for a while. :)

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Re: Are metta jhanas mentioned in the suttas?

Postby Hanzze » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:03 am

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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