Title really. I am reading the tibetan lamrim version of the 9 mental abiding and trying to correlate it to the theravada 8 jhanas, I can't seem to find which jhana/abiding is which in regards to the other tradition.

The practice for both is still samatha.

If anyone has an informed opinion or understanding of the practices I could really do with some help understanding how the 2 different explanations coincide.

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In the Gelugpa's Lamrim tradition for sure, and I suspect in most other Lamrim traditions as well, the four rupa jhanas and the subsequent arupa jhanas are practiced after the 9 abidings, once the calm abiding has been achieved.

Please refer to Meditative States in Tibetan Buddhism, page 85.

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    I was actually reading that book as well as other books to find the answer and eventually got to the understanding that the 9 calm abiding are what as knows as access concentration, a prerequisite to jhana meditations.
    – Remyla
    Sep 10, 2021 at 16:47

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