Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

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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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Introduction
1
Practicalhimas
7
The Immaterial Jhānas
74
With a Mind Thus Concentrated
90
PART TWO Demystifiedhinas
93
Vitakka and Vicăra
97
First Jhāna
103
Second Jhāna
113
Insight Knowledge
132
The Immaterial States
134
The Cessation of Perception and Feeling
139
The Psychic Powers
144
Ending the Åsavas
152
Other Benefits of Jhāna Practice
156
A PPENDIX I
163
APPENDIX 2
182

Third Jhāna
118
Fourth Jhāna
122
The Jhāna Summary
127
APPENDIX 4
203
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LEIGH BRASINGTON is a teacher of Insight Meditation who was the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who authorized him to teach the jhanas. He has taught them, along with other insight practices, at well over one hundred residential retreats throughout the United States and Europe.

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