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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Best books & articles for practicing jhanas

Which are the best books and/or articles for practicing the jhanas?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you identify the 5 factors associated with Jhana?

How do you recognise the different factors associated with Jhana and the level of Jhana you are in? (Not necessarily when you are in Jhana.) More particularly how do recognise the factor of applied ...
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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 ...