Jhāna
Parent topic: Right Concentration
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The Gradual Training, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Yatiko – Oct. 20, 2012

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3. Comment: You spoke about suffusing the body with extreme well-being. But I've been in states like that and my body seems to disappear. [Jhāna] [Happiness] [Rapture] [Mindfulness of body] [Gradual Teaching] [Meditation/Unusual experiences]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.

Quote: “It isn't so much the experience of extreme well-being that is the goal. It's the ability to gain clarity and stability so that one can see through the experience as something that is uncertain or impermanent, has a changing nature. The mind often wants to disregard that. The tendency to identify self with experience on a refined mental level is tempered by the body experience.” [Jhāna] [Clear comprehension] [Concentration] [Knowledge and vision] [Impermanence] [Delusion] [Self-identity view] [Relinquishment]

Follow-up: “Are you saying you can become attached to these states?” [Clinging]


Jhāna: A Practical Approach, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 10, 2015

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5. “Is jhāna only in meditation?” [Meditation] [Jhāna] // [Right Concentration]

Quote: “Only farangs [Westerners] go into meditation rock climbing! Does he contemplate the Four Noble Trurths?” — Ajahn Chah [Ajahn Chah] [Culture/West] [Recreation/leisure/sport] [Jhāna] [Four Noble Truths] [Directed thought and evaluation] [Relinquishment]


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14. “That sukha (happiness) is still experienced through the sense object of the mind?” [Happiness] [Rapture] [Sense bases] [Jhāna] // [Mindfulness of body]

Quote: “The way the Buddha describes the jhāna factors, all the images are grounded in the body.” (MN 39.15) [Jhāna] [Similes]


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19. Quote: “There are a lot of confusing views and opinions about jhāna and meditation. It's helpful to ask, 'What's the Buddha actually say? How does he put it?' I have a lot more faith in him than in a lot of what's out there.” [Meditation] [Faith] [Views] [Buddha] [Jhāna]