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Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Sadge » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:47 pm

Background : I've had quite a lot of training in mindfulness, recently decided to get into Buddhism more. After loads of researching I'm thinking that working my way through the jhanas is a good idea having 'cracked' mindfulness, by cracked I mean I can easily sustain attention on the breath for... 10?mins without the mind wandering.

Anyone got a link? To a good way in?


Why is it so hard to find anything on the net about a way into Buddhist meditation? The basics are too basic but anything past that is just so confusing. I know it's a massive subject but I'm surprised a half clear way in is not easily available.

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi Sadge,

On the bottom of the home page here is a "Theravada Search Engine" where you could type in jhanas and you should get many results.
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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby marc108 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:44 pm

i'll start off by saying that i'm going to post a bunch of resources all across the board on what constitutes Jhana. i can also offer some personal tips if youre interested

this book is my favorite as far as practical advice:
http://www.amazon.com/Focused-Fearless- ... +catherine

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... Jhanas.htm
http://dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings ... 130123.pdf
http://leighb.com/jhana3.htm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_0WWRdavR4

the rest of the above series also has a lot of excellent practical advice:
http://www.mettadharma.org/video-teachings/
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Virgo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:00 am

Hello,

You might try this:



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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Sadge » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:01 pm

Marvellous! Thank you, finally got a clear bit of direction.

Do you guys think it is a sensible decision to focus practice on jhanas when your concentration is good or could you bang straight into vipasanna? To what goal you may ask? I have none.

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby marc108 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:17 am

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby manas » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:51 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby santa100 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:52 pm

Ven. Gunaratana's great essay on the jhanas: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el351.html

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Sadge » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:04 pm

Manas, excellent post. Thanks everyone, this is really expanding my practice :-)

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Buckwheat » Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:48 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Sadge » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:11 am

Been doing buddho for hours each day for years. There is boredom. I know there is more to it than this. Luckily the links people have put here are helping :-)

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby hermitwin » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:05 pm

from the expert on jhana,

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/334/

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Buckwheat » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:56 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Jhana? Confusion. Com

Postby Sadge » Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Hm you have a point. Think a bit more information about dhamma is what I need. I'm writing out the dhammapada :shock:


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