Jhanas are 8 distinct states of concentration that build the basis for insight practice and ultimately Enlightenment.
These 8 jhanas/dhyanas/samadhi do not encompass all the different states of concentration possible, just the key ones conducive to Enlightenment.
So yes, sleep is a type of concentration/altered state and even has some factors shared with the ...
Jhana is meditation, not sleep (including deep sleep).
Sleep (including deep sleep) is not jhana.
In meditation (including jhana states), one is conscious and aware.
In sleep (including deep sleep), one is not conscious and not aware.
If you're not conscious and not aware, then you're not in meditation.
I've got a simple answer for you: Sleep is not a jhāna. The Buddha never says, not in Pāli not in Chinese not in Sanskrit, that sleep is a jhāna. Sleep is also not nibbāna. Sleep is also not nirodha. You just forget your dreams when you wake up and it seems like you were up to "nothing," but your mind was quite active despite you not remembering it....
Alright I will answer this since we have ruled out the jhana that only leaves the realm of infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness, neither perception nor non perception and cessation of feeling and perception
But we need to rule out the realm of nothingness and lower because there still exists desire there while in deep sleep none of even desire ...
Then connection between sleeping and meditation is well explored in AN7.61. In this sutta, the Buddha advises Venerable Moggallāna on ways to avoid drowsiness, since drowsiness is hard to give up.
AN7.61:2.1: “Are you nodding off, Moggallāna? Are you nodding off?”
AN7.61:2.2: “Yes, sir.”
AN7.61:2.3: “So, Moggallāna, don’t focus on or cultivate the ...
Possibly MN 35, however the protagonist is not a bhikkhu but is a Jain:
All the plants and seeds that achieve growth, increase and maturity do
so depending on the earth and grounded on the earth. All the hard work
that gets done depends on the earth and is grounded on the earth.
In the same way, an individual’s self (attāyaṃ purisapuggalo) is form. Grounded ...
Possibly MN 38, where the monk held:
At one time the Lord was staying near Sāvatthī in the Jeta Grove in
Anāthapiṇḍika's monastery. Now at that time a pernicious view like
this had accrued to the monk called Sāti, a fisherman's son: “In so
far as I understand Dhamma taught by the Lord it is that this [same;
consciousness itself runs on, ...
In the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the Buddha said he kept nothing hidden from his disciples.
Yet in the Simsapa Sutta, the Buddha said he knew more than what he taught.
So what didn't he teach?
He did not teach anything that was not useful towards the goal of ending suffering, as you can see in the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow below.
The Parable of the Poisoned ...
In MN 86 (quoted below), we find the lay bandit Angulimala cognizant of the psychic power displayed by the Buddha.
Then Aṅgulimāla donned his sword and shield, fastened his bow and
arrows, and followed behind the Buddha. But the Buddha used his
psychic power to will that Aṅgulimāla could not catch up with him no
matter how hard he tried, even though the ...
The Pali Sutta Pitaka has multiple editions including the Sri Lankan (PTS), Thai and Burmese (Sixth Council) editions.
Here, I list links to footnotes by the translator (Ven. Thanissaro) commenting on the differences between the three editions for various suttas - SN 42.10, Ud 5.9, Ud 8.6, Ud 3.2, Ud 2.7, Ud 4.8, Ud 1.5, Ud 8.7, Ud 6.10. These footnotes will ...
The disciples of the Buddha spread the teachings far and wide, touching many different languages and cultures. For example, we have the Pali canon as well as the Chinese canon and many others. Although the correspondence between the different root languages is absolutely amazing, differences do exist. Exploring these differences is an ongoing effort of many ...
According to the sutta below, it is one's state of mind which determines one's quality of sleep and not the comfort of the bed and bedroom.
By eliminating or reducing greed/ lust, hatred/ aversion and delusion, one could improve his or her quality of sleep, and enjoy good sleep as the Buddha does.
From AN 3.35:
“Yes, prince, I slept well. I am one of those ...
AN 4.39, AN 4.40, DN 5 and also see MN 55
Then Ujjaya the brahmin went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him. When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side and said to the Buddha:
“Does Master Gotama praise sacrifice?”
“Brahmin, I don’t praise all sacrifices. Nor do I criticize all sacrifices. Take the kind of ...