alan... wrote:are there any that give more detailed instruction? how to begin, maintain, rise to the next, etc.?
Jhana practice is a multifaceted activity.
If you'll take one by one the criteria from the Anapanasati sutta
(say, how calm is the body, etc.) or Satipatthana sutta (e.g. whether the mind is spacious - "mahaggata" or constricted), insert them into the framework of Dvedhavitakka sutta
instead of two kinds of thinking, comprehend the right effort through redirection of attention described in Bhikkhunupassaya sutta
and Ahara sutta
, and consult Gavi sutta
on moving to the next jhana, - you'll have a solid roadmap.
Note that Ven. Thanissaro's "theme" is his rendering of Pali "nimitta
Best wishes, Dmytro