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In the suttas, jhana is not a frozen stupor absorbed in a visual kasina, with body senses shut off. What sati and sampajano are doing in 3rd jhana, which explicitly state the jhana factors "sato and sampajano", is explained in AN 4.41, and MN 111. At the minimum, one is aware of the flux in changing sensations, perceptions, and verbal thoughts ...


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Yes, you are missing the experience of jhana! All kidding aside (though to be fair, once you enter jhana, this will make a lot more sense), it's actually pretty simple. Jhana is absorption. Vitaka and vicara are unnecessary in the 2nd jhana on because one is fully locked into single-pointednesss. You essentially allow yourself to get sucked into the ...


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When I went to my first Vipassana retreat I could attain to a much more subtle level of mind/jhanas than I usually was able to sitting at home, but when I went back home to practice I could no longer get jhana or even reach access concentration. I don't even practice that style of Vipassana now. Did I find it a waste of time? Certainly not. The mind goes ...


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