Meditation has different depths, layers, states of absorption, called Jhanas in the Pali tradition!

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“In Pali, jhana literally means “to think” or “to meditate.”
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Consequently, the term is open to a wide variety of uses and interpretations and there has been much debate about its precise meaning.
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In this book, jhana practice refers to a traditional sequence of specific states of absorption where the mind is secluded from sensory impingement and deeply unified with a chosen object.
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Attention is not distracted by stray thoughts nor affected by the flutter of moods.
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Even physical sensations and sounds eventually fade as the mind becomes entirely immersed in a single coherent focus.
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Jhanas are states of happiness that can radically transform the heart, reshape the mind, imbue consciousness with enduring joy and ease, and provide an inner resource of tranquillity that surpasses any conceivable sensory pleasure.
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Jhanas are states of deep rest, healing rejuvenation, and profound comfort that create a stable platform for transformative insight.
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Throughout the development of jhana, we intertwine the calming aspects of concentration with the investigative aspects of insight meditation.
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The fruit of concentration is freedom of heart and mind.”
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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kelly on July 13, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Marty how does one get to this point? practice of sitting? i will have this at some point. My mind is rapidly healing and i would love to reach this point. You my friend are amazing for teaching us all you have in you. Thank you Thank you Thank you

  2. Well, not to bust your bubble but Shaila, the author has sat an accumulative 8 years in silent retreat (meditation) alone. Mostly in the jungles of Burma I believe.

    Our goal is to build the strength of our focus and to stay present, mind empty.

    We are at the exact place we should be.

    I am a novice when we are speaking of people who have dedicated their life to meditating and a spiritual journey.

    I have taken their wisdom, blended in modern neuroscience, then added my model and athletic mindset to make it available immediately it seems.

    No not that kind of depth but look at your progress in a short amount of time.

    All I can tell you is that life has more fulfillment satisfaction, peace of mind and happiness when we mindfully live.

  3. Posted by kelly on July 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    you are totally correct. And i will be adding this skill to my whole families daily routine. I believe this is the best skill any one could pass on to their children. Being in the present moment. Life really is beautiful and full of peace. again thank you

  4. Sounds interesting ; )) Never heard of that

  5. Jade, I would highly recommend “Focused and Fearless”

    What a simplistic depth she shares. She was teacher of mind by just reading and applying some of this wisdom

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