Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas
Shambhala Publications, 13.10.2015 - 272 Seiten
A practical guidebook for meditators interested in achieving the states of bliss and deep focus associated with the Buddhist jhānas
One of the elements of the Eightfold Path is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and more, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. So how does one achieve Right Concentration? According to the Buddha himself, the jhānas—a series of eight progressive altered states of consciousness—are an essential method. But because the jhānas can usually be achieved only through prolonged meditation retreat, they have been shrouded in mystery for years.
Not anymore. In Right Concentration, Leigh Brasington takes away the mystique and gives instructions on how to achieve them in plain, accessible language. He notes the various pitfalls to avoid along the way and provides a wealth of material on the theory of jhāna practice—all geared toward the practitioner rather than the scholar. As Brasington proves, these states of bliss and concentration are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them.
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The Immaterial States
The Cessation of Perception and Feeling
The Psychic Powers
Ending the Åsavas
Other Benefits of Jhāna Practice
A PPENDIX I
The Jhāna Summary
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Abhidhamma access concentration Ajahn Ajahn Buddhadasa arise āsavas awakening Ayya Khema become distracted Bhikkhu born of concentration born of seclusion Buddha centration chapter concen deep deeper described dhamma drenches dukkha ekaggata Entering the Jhānas enters and dwells equanimity experience factors feeling fifth jhāna five hindrances focus four fourth jhāna gradual training happening happiness/joy hindrances immaterial in-breath infinite space inner tranquility insight practice jhāna practice learning the jhānas lucid dream meditation object meditation period mental mentioned mettā practice mindfulness of breathing move Nikāya out-breath Pali word pañña piti and sukha pleasant sensation pleasure Potthapāda Sutta DN put your attention rapture and happiness retreat samādhi saññā second jhāna sense seventh jhāna simile sitting someone strong suffuses one's body sukha born sutta description switch teaching things thinking and examining third jhāna tion translated true but subtle understanding unification of mind upekkha vipassanā Visuddhimagga vitakka and vicăra