ABSORPTION INTO JHANA STATES”: part three

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Even if there is sensory impact from sounds and sensations, the mind remains completely unmoved.
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Sensory contact—even strong pain or loud noise—does not disturb the tranquillity or affect the unification of the mind with its object of concentration.
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It is as though you don’t hear anything, yet the capacity of hearing is not impaired.
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It is as if you don’t feel pain, and yet the bodily processes are functioning.
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There may or may not be subtle awareness of the impact of a sound or physical contact, but the mind lets go so automatically that there can be no sensory residue to disturb the concentration.
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Because the mind is so still that even pain will not disrupt the attention, jhana can be sustained for very long periods of time.”
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