Questions tagged [jhana]

Jhāna generally refers to the 8 stages of tranquility (samatha) meditation taught by Gautama Buddha and mentioned in the Pali Canon.

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Is Jhana considered dukkha and/or conditioned?

Is the experience of jhana considered dukkha because of its impermanence? If yes, is it still considered dukkha after attaining Nibbana? Is the experience of jhana conditioned? Is it still considered ...
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How to 'Let Go' in Meditation?

"And what is the faculty of concentration? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, making it his object to let go, attains concentration, attains singleness of mind. Indriya-...
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Missing Dhyana/Jhana Sutras?

Are there parallel texts between Pali Canon Jhana Suttas, and Mahayana equivalent? Dhyana Sutras? I now that the theme is picked up again in Tiantai texts, but I'm thinking of between the Pali canon ...
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Is Samadhi mentioned in Jhana Suttas?

Do the Pali texts on jhana actually mention Samadhi and/or One-Pointedness by name in the jhana descriptions or is this mention apocryphal?
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Nimitta - sutta references

Please provide references from the Pali suttas on nimitta. Are they mentioned in the context of jhana? In the article below, it is mentioned that nimitta is found in the Anapanasati Sutta, but I ...
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Remaining in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating

Is it possible to attain the first jhana, then remain in first jhana, while walking, talking, eating and performing other daily activities? Or does one remain in first jhana only while in sitting ...
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Sutta jhana vs. Visuddhimagga jhana

In the paper "Multiple Buddhist Modernisms: Jhāna in Convert Theravāda", Natalie Quli compares what the following teachers have taught about jhana: Ayya Khema, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Pa-Auk ...
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Can you focus on the feeling of your body on the chair for reaching the jhanas?

I feel like focusing on the feeling of my feet on the ground is easier than focusing on the sensations of the breath. Is this a viable object for access concentration/jhana?
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Are the Jhanas related to some of the 31 realms of existence

When I say 'related' in this sense means more about the hue that accompanies a jhana, this might be a very pleasant feeling, mind state or perception. I don't know what school this question refers to....
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Which is a certified/authentic guide to entering Jhnanas?

By far I have came across only Ajahn Brahms book which gives detailed instructions on entering Jhnanas. If I google for any other instruction manual I get this link. I don't doubt Ajahn Brahm at all ...
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Considering other traditions than Goenka Vipassana for better Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfullness

I have been on three 10-day Goenka Vipassana retreats in the past four years. I continue to meditate every day, although I question my technique, my progress, and eventually if this is the right ...
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Other physical (samatha) meditation objects besides breath?

Does Buddhist samatha meditation allow for physical meditation objects other than the breath? I have noticed I feel much more contentment with the physical sensation of "back straight". Please give ...
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Did the Buddha prescribe other meditations besides breath meditation? (for concentration, jhana) [duplicate]

After reading Ajahn Brahm, Leigh Brasington, and Ayya Khema's books on meditation, I have not been able to reach the jhanas through breath meditation. If I stay with the breath long enough to reach "...
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The Buddha and the Jhanas

This is a continuation of an original question I asked, linked here: Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them? My question is: can any of you link me directly to the instances in primary sources (...
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What exacly is the so-called “formless” jhana?

When reading the suttas, sometimes I come across to the expressions: "dimension of the infinitude of space", "dimension of the infinitude of consciousness", "dimension of nothingness" and "dimension ...
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If you build in difference to reach higher jhana won't that make it hard to enter jhana?

If i have to review how gross the jhana factors are won't that make it hard to enter the jhana as I don't care for the factors?
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Samatha Meditation

This summer I got the chance to spend 20 days at Pa-Auk Tawya forest meditation center in Myanamar and I did Anapana-Sati for 20 days. Now I'm back at my university but when I look back I see than ...
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Jhanic potential in Christians?

I was reading over at this post... https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/26834/13249 ...and saw this reply (quoted below) and wondered if I could get some elaboration. How is it a Christian could ...
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Must one move through the various jhanas to realise nibbana?

Some of these jhanas are incredibly powerful but they have an opposite, that being emotional and mental upheaval and the dark nights. Essentially, I realise that there are valuable insights to learn ...
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Is there a reason not to practice jhana?

From a chemical point of view, there has to be an after effect of the amount of joy and happiness one feels, right ? In a spiritual point of view, I know one should be aware of attachement to jhana. ...
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Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them?

I’m conducting research into the phenomena of Buddhist Jhanas/Dhyanas, and am looking for a good place to start. In addition to primary sources that discuss what this phenomena is, how would you ...
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How to intentionally move to second jhana

I have mastered the 1st and wish to move now to the second. But all the books and sources online confuse me. Some say it happen naturally other say it's something you can focus on to bring about the ...
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Is pīti physical and sukha emotional?

I always read piti: joy is mental happiness and sukha is physical. But lately i have been reading pīti is physical, sukha is emotional. At first i thought this didn't matter but now for Jhana training ...
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Two types of satipaṭṭhāna - which has jhana?

In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, Ajahn Brahm writes - The Buddha taught two types of satipaṭṭhāna. The first type is supported by jhāna and leads to enlightenment in a short time. Which ...
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How to enter the second Jhana?

I know you must abandoned applied & sustain thought. Getting rid of applied is easy it's gone once the first Jhana is established. But how to you get rid of sustain thought? I have ready many ...
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Why is in the budda days, jhana seem so easily attainable but so hard now?

As i read text from canon. It seem like in the budda day jhana was a lot easier and highly recommended for the fold path. But now it seem like this rare thing only a handful of people can attain. If ...
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How to extend the counter-part sign? What even is this?

As I'm learning to master the first jhana one must do two things, master the five masteries & be able to extend the sign. For the masteries, • Mastety Of Adverting  ×Turning your attention & ...
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Seeking scriptural source for “all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana”

I've seen statements like "When one is in jhana, all defilements are suppressed temporarily." Is there any scriptural source for this?
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How to complete the first Jhana?

I have read once you have reached the bliss stage you should take your focus off the object and on the blissful sensations and hold it. Then in time you will be in Jhana. But i also read in other ...
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Are learning signs and counterpart signs a must to enter jhana?

I have been meditating for a while now and i found my way to get into jhana, well i haven't enter jhana but it was more me not fully in knowing how but now i think i understand. But one thing i keep ...
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Where can I find suttas about the immaterial realm?

I read in Ajahn Brahms book that you pass through 4 immaterial realms after jhanas and before enlightenment. I want to know more about them. Where can I find the suttas in the Tripitaka?
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Not understanding Jhana Mastery Of Reflection?

What is the goal for this mastery exactly? I'm guessing it's to look back at your jhana meditation and see what happen. What went wrong, what are things you can improve, what lead to jhana & lsot ...
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Does kama have a place in the life of a practitioner after losing kamacchanda?

Since kamacchanda is one of the five hindrances, it seems to be something to overcome. Does that mean then that there is no more place for art and beauty in the life of a practitioner after the ...
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Which eliminate the hindrance permanently Noble eightfold path or supermundane?

Do they both play a role in getting rid of the hindrances or is one better then the other? How do they eliminate them?
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What is Mastery In Reviewing?

The books and videos all describe it as, Looking at jhana and its factors in retrospective knowledge What does this mean exactly? Is it going over the events that happened during the jhana? there ...
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Is jhana taught in Pure Land Buddhism?

Most of the books I have read really don't cover the Pure Land segment. There is a local Pure Land group and I was wondering if they (Pure Land Buddhists in general) teach and practice jhana as part ...
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Different meditation approaches within Theravada

I talked to a monk at a Thai Theravada based monastery recently and he told me that they primarily use breath meditation and jhana to gain awakening. And then there are other traditions, like yours, ...
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What is Mastery of reflectionJhana mastery [duplicate]

They say to master jhana you must master five factors. I understand the first four but mastery of reflection is kind of leaving me unsure. I think i get it. Once you come out of the jhana state, you ...
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What is life-continuum?

In the book Path Of Purification It talks about The explanation of the meaning here( " talking about the five jhana mastery mostly mastety if Adverting " ) is this. When he emerges from the first ...
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If I reach absorption concentration are the hindrances fully gone?

I am studying the jhanas and it says you can enter jhana without fully purifying the hindrances. I thought you can't reach the jhana without first fully suppressing the hindrance. How does one do that?...
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Need help understanding this

I am reading up on the jhana and theres this paragraphs. There talking about the 3 ways Beginning, Middle & End and the 10 characteristic of jhana. I'm not sure what im suppose to do or what this ...
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Does Samadhi realm of desire require single-pointed focus?

I read there are 3 realms of samadhi: realm of desire, realm of form and realm of no form. If I read correctly, Samadhi is one-pointed focus. But if I achieve samadhi by, let's say, the desire to win ...
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What are the 5 cords of sensual pleasures?

I looked it up but the person answer was unclear. I read greed which is a sense desire of unprofitable things (Which if I'm correct is different from sense desire of objects) has all 5. So doesn't ...
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How important is javana to the jhanas?

What role if any do javana play in learning and entering the jhanas? I'm reading a book on jhana and javana was brought up but i couldn't really understand the role it play in the jhanas.
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Replacing the hindrances with it's opposite?

Similarly, wise consideration of the mental liberation of loving kindness (mettā- cetovimutti) counteracts ill will; wise consideration of the elements of effort (ārambhadhātu), exertion (...
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Need help understanding the meaning of this

I am reading A Critical Analysis Of The Jhanas In the book we were going over wise considration and how it will help you eliminate the hindrances. But i am having trouble understand what this is ...
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What is Unwise Consideration?

I am reading a book on the jhanas and it stated, All hindrances arise from unwise consideration. To overcome them one must apply wise consideration. Now i think what unwise and wise consideration ...
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How can mindfulness be about immovable attention?

There seem to be a lot of disagreements about the very basic term "mindfulness". Here is one of them. Yesterday I listened to a talk, where it was it was said that if one achieve total concentration ...
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During jhana do you eliminate all hindrance at once?

Are you suppose to try and eliminate all the hindrances at once or slowly elimate them one by one? If this is the case are you suppose to eliminate them slowly in one meditation session or slowly rid ...
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Focus on the object or nimitta?

Once I reach a nimitta during jhana meditation, do I then move focus to it or keep in the object? Do I ignore the nimitta, or is it one of those things that is very hard to ignore?