I want to find the cannon text on learning the jhanas. Is there a pdf or something in english i can download? Any help would be appreciated

  • the path to purification i think is canonical in theravada. it would be your best bet (exhaustive), if you want to practice in that tradition, imvho. i have a print copy...
    – user2512
    Aug 17, 2017 at 3:48

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In advance, the whole tipitaka is about jhāna, include sīla&vinaya.

For more focusing, see paṭisambhidāmagga.

For the summary, see Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga).

For more focusing, except 1st and 2nd chapter of Visuddhimagga, then all chapters, after that, is about jhāna, ārammaṇūpanijjhāna&lakkhaṇūpanijjhāna.


On this page, you can find quotes from the Pali Canon on jhanas together with their sources.

For further commentary on jhanas, please see this page.

This question may also help you.


How to reach jhana is explained in SN 48.10, in the last part about concentration.

Since jhana is a state of non-thinking, how can it be reached by reading, thinking, planning & wanting?

There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, making it his object to let go (vossagga), attains concentration, attains singleness of mind.

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