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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Why are Jhanas controversial?

I have heard that some teachers do not teach the Jhanas, others do. Yuttadhammo mentions the great debate about Jhanas. What is the controversy about? Whether they are useful towards realizing Nibbana/...
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Methods for reaching Jhana

I have read some books and web resources that deal with reaching access concentration and from there the first Jhana. They all used mindfulness of breathing and mentioned but never described 'other ...
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Is it useful (and polite) to ask a potential meditation teacher about their attainments?

In another question, it was discussed whether it's possible to recognize if someone is an arahat. I'm interested in something slightly less formidable, namely the "attainments" that may lead to ...
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What does it mean to 'advert' to the factors of jhana after emerging from jhana?

I think this all comes from the Visudhimagga's explanation of jhana. I'm not sure there's any references to a term similar to "advert" in the Canon, but I keep running into the term advert without any ...
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Jhanic concentration and feeling

Could anyone share your experience and knowledge? People who have attained strong concentration have the ability to read other people's mind. My question is, what is the 'knowing'? Do they read other ...
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Best books & articles for practicing jhanas

Which are the best books and/or articles for practicing the jhanas?
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In the Anapanasati Sutta what is meant by 'sensitive to rapture/bliss'?

Considering these verses of the Anapanasati Sutta He trains himself, 'I will breathe in sensitive to rapture.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out sensitive to rapture.' He trains ...
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What is the difference between the progress of low and high intensive meditators?

What is the difference between the progress of "low intensive" meditators as opposed to "high intensive" meditators? By low intensive I mean like a meditator who has never been to a ten day ...
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What is the difference between a Vipassana Jhana and a Samatha Jhana?

Definitions of the term Jhana tend to emphasize the 'mind state' quality it refers to in various states of meditative absorption: The jhanas are altered states of consciousness which are produced ...
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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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Did the Buddha discover jhana by himself?

I was reading Ajahn Brahmavamso's book 'The Jhanas' (available freely online) in which he says that the Buddha discovered Jhanas by himself, and what Alara Kalama and Uddakha Ramaputta taught, were ...
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What is the difference between 'hard' and 'soft' Jhanas?

I have on a few occasions come across the distinction between a 'hard' and 'soft' Jhana and would like to know what the experiential distinction between these two terms might be.
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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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What is fruition in Buddhism?

I see it everywhere in my book on jhana. but don't truly understand it's meaning or even find a definition.
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What is initial thought and discursive thought

I am learning the 8 jhanas. And in the book im reading it states the five factors of possession are opposed of the 5 hindrance. What are initial thought and discursive thought? I can't find a ...
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Stabilizing the counterpart sign

Stabilizing the counterpart sign (nimitta) isn't easy. Is there a 'technique' that leads to stabilize it? I.c. is there a 'technique' to develop/cultivate intensively the absorption factors (jhanangas)...
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Can one lose jhana?

Once one has learned how to obtain and maintain jhana can the ability be lost (i.e., forgotten), due to lack of use.
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What did the Buddha mean when he spoke about samma samadhi?

What did the Buddha mean when he spoke about samma samadhi? Did he mean access concentration (upacara samadhi) or full absorption (appana samadhi) or momentary concentration (khanika samadhi)?
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Are there different factors for access concentration depending on which jhana an individual is entering?

I have heard that a practitioner does not go from first jhana directly to second jhana or from second jhana directly to third jhana and so on. Instead, they go through momentary and access ...
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Through the Processes of Jhana does it have a Permanent effect or temporary effect on your life

Is Jhana like a meditative absorption state? I've come across this term. Is Jhana like a barrier, once broken, you go onto the next barrier, and so on and so on. Is this process a permanent effect ...
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The formless jhanas in this world

When a meditator achieves e.g. the 5th jhana of infinite space, is he or she still in this world? Obviously the body is, but what about the mind? I ask this question for a broader one: can sentient ...
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Why choose to attain Nirvana when we can become Brahmas (or Bodhisattvas)?

As I understand, once someone attains Nirvana and passes away, there is no more dependant arising, meaning this person no longer manifests as a person or being in any realm. This also means that this ...
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What exactly are the last two of the Arupa Jhanas? How can we transcend them and for what?

In the words of Buddha, the world in which we are living is generated as the following: From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes ...
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Jhāna in the different branches of Buddhism

From what I have read it seems the different branches seem to treat the subject quite different. While Mahayana texts seem to avoid directly touching the subject and only describe the effects, the ...
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The path of jhana vs the path of dry insight

From everywhere I've read and heard in the suttas they talk about the jhanas being needed for insight, but as I understand it the Visuddhimagga gives the option of dry insight not requiring the jhanas....
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Which Hindrances are counteracted or enhance by the 37 and Jhana Factors?

If you take Jhana factors or the 37 Factors, many of them counteract one of the Hindrances. So if these factors (and perhaps other factors mentioned in the Tripitaka) are grouped with the hindrance ...
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jhānas, Zen, and how to practice concentration meditation

I've read about the jhānas which one can experience from concentration (samatha) meditation. I have been practicing some form of mindfulness, breathing meditation, but have not experienced a state of ...
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Jhāna, seeing the welfare of self and other

I am looking for a sutta in which something is said--roughly: that unless one has suppressed the hindrances, one cannot see the welfare of self or other. Or that without jhāna one cannot see one's own ...
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Jhana practice and Dry insight practice together

Is it possible that a meditator uses jhana practice and dry insight together? I mean: not combined in the same meditation session, but clearly in separate, distinct meditation sessions. Both ...
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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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Is there any school or institution dedicated to teaching Jhana?

Is there any school or institution dedicated to teaching Jhana? Teaching "Jhana" means: Accepting students to learn only about Jhana Proper courses and guidelines for student: step by step, from ...
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How does one know that he's reached a Jhana level in Metta meditation?

When someone practices Metta meditation towards a beloved person using a phrase, e.g. May xx be be free from enmity and danger what is the counterpart sign (nimitta) in this method and how does ...
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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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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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Is appana samadhi the same as magga/phala?

In this video by Sayadaw U Nandasiri, if I am understanding him correctly, he equates appana samadhi and magga/phala enlightenment. Is this correct? I had understood momentary, access, and absorption ...
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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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What to make of Jhanas as explained in the pragmatic dharma movement?

In this set of videos two experts (Kenneth Folk and Nick Halay) go through the 13(?) jhanas Several aspects of this video make me wonder - primarily, I find it curious that they can speak and move ...
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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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Need help understanding this about the jhanas

I am reading "A Critical Analysis Of The Jhanas" And it's talking about the way to reach the first jhana. This passage below. Block quote The Pa:isambhidāmagga explains them as follows: For ...
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Jhanas and past lives

I always thought that the remembrance of the past lives and the vision of the mechanism of the kamma were the fruits of the jhanas. BUT, it is said that the Tathagata learnt the (8) jhanas from two ...
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Immaterial Absorptions and cultivating wisdom

Is it correct that only the 4 lower jhanas (rupa jhanas) are useful for cultivating insight (panna) because the meditator's mind is too absorbed when he enters successively the immaterial jhanas (...
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How is Recollection of peace (upasamānussati) practiced?

Out of the 10 recollections in the 40 Kammaṭṭhāna how is upasamānussati practiced to the level of Jhana?
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Feeling the Need to Take A Deep Breath After Developing Concentration

I am new to this site and am not entirely sure if this is an appropriate question to ask, if it is not forgive me. I practice Vipassana meditation and after some time observing the breath, I feel the ...
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What are the prescribed objects for the development of jhāna?

Can i have a list "If there is one" of the different objects for building up the first jhana?
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Did I get into a Jhana state?

I was meditating. I was using classical music as my object of meditation. I know some don't approve of that but it's REALLY relaxing, especially while meditating. Anyway, as I was meditating the ...
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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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Purpose beyond first Jhana?

If access concentration, or at most the first jhana, is the requirement for successful insight meditation what is the purpose of the other form and formless jhanas?
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Is Jhana Required For Awakening?

I've found this to be an interesting question with highly respected monastics falling on both sides of the answer.
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Back from a retreat: what to practice?

I need to give some background before I can ask my question so, my apologies for the long winded post. I am back from a wonderful 6 days retreat (Bhikkhu Buddhadasa teaching/ Anapanasati). With the ...
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Which Buddhist schools give importance to cultivation of Jhanas?

Which schools/lineages in Buddhism give importance to the cultivation of Jhanas before entering Vipassana, and which schools focus entirely on Vipassana?