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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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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Is attaining to Jhana possible for me?

I searched for the word 'Jhana' on this site and read almost all about 50 odd questions on Jhana. I asked few questions myself. It seems like one has to put extreme efforts to attain to Jhana. This is ...
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Looking for sutta reference on entering into Jhana

Following are the stages Ajahn Brahm mentions in his book Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond, to enter in to Jhana. Present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness ...
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Is there anything akin to 'Jhana' in Zen Buddhism?

I have read about 'Jhana' in Ajahn Brahm's book, 'Mindfulness, bliss and beyond'. It looks like, from his teaching of Theravada Buddhism, 'Jhana' is a pre-requisite to attain 'Nirvana'. I want to ask, ...
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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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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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Doesn't mahāyāna have a classification for jhānas?

Is it me or is it incredibly difficult to find resources on the 4 (or 8, with the arupas) jhānas and how to reach them in the mahāyāna/vajrayāna literature? Apart from vague references to samādhi in ...
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Do visual objects have karma?

According to Nagarjuna, the second causal link (sankhara, motivations) and the tenth causal link (bhava, gestation) are two karmas through which sentient beings trigger seven sufferings identified ...
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what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas?

what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas? https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/12/whats-emptiness-in-3rd-jhana-of-sted-4.html excerpt: The 4 jhanas standard ...
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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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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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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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Sathipathanna mindfulness and Jhana how to do them correctly

1) It is said that doing the technique that Mahasi Sayadaw talks about we can attain awakening. If you know anything about this technique how is it to be done and can it take us to Nibbana. 2) ...
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Describe all the Jhanas in everyday language

Could you describe to me what all the Jhanas mean in everyday language because I couldnt understand it by reading the sutras. I couldn't understand what they meant by reading the sutras describing ...
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Jhana Explaination [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya! Can someone please SIMPLY explain the EIGHT Jhanas, specifically: 1) What are Jhanas meant to do & why would one want to achieve them? 2) How does one specifically achieve ...
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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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looking for citation, pīti and sukha of 4 jhānas compared to dying of thirst, seeing water in distance, and drinking it

There's an excellent simile in the Theravada non canonical literature explaining the difference between piti and sukha in the first 3 jhanas, reminiscent of the lotus pond in this sutta MN 40. (...
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Is there a correlation between sukha and passadha?

Is there a correlation between sukha (the 4th component of the jhanangas) and passadha (the 5th component of the sambojjhanga)?
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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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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

As far as I understand, one of the main purposes of the eight factor of the Path (samma samadhi) is to clean the mind from impurities. I've read a lot of discussions where one meditator states that ...
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Is it a crime to mention a crime?

Upasaka (?) Frank K possible does a lot of crime in telling: Classical Chritians, "Liberal" ideas: Here's a great database with brief descriptions where brave individuals often had to face great ...
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What is bodily formation? Does it refer to the breath or the body?

'I will breathe in tranquilizing the bodily formation'; he trains thus: 'I will breathe out tranquilizing the bodily formation.'" ---Satipatthana (Bhiku Bodhi's translation) What is bodily formation? ...
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To reach 1st jhana, do we have to let go, or do we have to put some effort?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about the different methods and perspectives for reaching the jhanas. For a long time, the only method I've been using is to "let go" everything, and to use the ...
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In which sutta does a lay disciple of the Buddha tell a non-buddhist mendicant that he has experienced jhana?

I remember reading a sutta some time ago in which a lay disciple of the Buddha held a conversation with a non-Buddhist ascetic. I don't remember the topic of their conversation, but at one point the ...
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MN 36 parallels for section where Buddha as a 9 year old boy has first jhana

I read up on B. Analayo's Agama comparative notes between the passage in question in various EBT schools (pali, more than one agama lineage, sanskrit...). But he didn't have the part I'm interested ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Does practicing Brahmavihara to get insights leads to Nibbana?

I read the books of Bhante Vimalaramsi that is using the practice of Brahmavihara to reach a state that is called Tranquil Aware Jhana and then to generate insights from the fourth rupa Jhana. Has ...
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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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Why the Buddha abandoned asceticism

It is commonly known that the Buddha decided that asceticism does not lead to enlightenment, but less common is the reason why given. From Ajahn Brahm's book Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, it appears ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there research based or scientific explanation on the working of Abhiññā / Iddhi?

The following touches on the ability to know other people's thoughts at a much grosser level than developed through meditation: How we read each other's minds. What are the research based or ...
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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 ...