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A Critical Analysis of the Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana

One of the most important aspects of Buddhist meditation is a set of attainments called, in Pali, the Jhanas. The Jhanas are encountered repeatedly in the scriptural texts of early Buddhism. They were instrumental in the Buddha’s own achievement of enlightenment and in the training he formulated for his disciples. Jhana means meditative stages and equivalent terms in other Buddhist schools […]

Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond – A Meditators Handbook

Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond – A Meditators Handbook by Ajahn Bram.  Ajahn Brahm is among a new generation of Westerners who have studied, practiced, and mastered an important range of Buddhist teachings and now offer them to sincere practitioners across the modern world. In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond you will find a thorough set of […]

Samadhi for Liberation

Samadhi for Liberation consists of short, advanced and personal instructions for medition by Ajahn Anan Akincano: “With the heart being at ease, there may be the feeling that our body expand. Our body becomes imbued with blissful feelings called piti, waves of joy and rapture rolling on to the shore. When piti is strong, we might […]

The Jhanas by Ajahn Brahmavamso

As Buddhist meditation becomes more popular, it is vital that clear and accurate guidance is available.  For many years, there has been an unfortunate lack of thorough instruction in simple English on the deeper states of meditation called Jhanas.  Even though the Jhanas are, perhaps, the theme most repeated by the Buddha in the Suttas, […]

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