Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

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Shambhala Publications, Oct 13, 2015 - Religion - 272 pages
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The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that direction, and they are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them. Leigh Brasington’s guide to navigating the jhana path is deeply informed by the view of them transmitted to him by his teacher, Ven. Ayya Khema, a view based on the Pali suttas.
 

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Contents

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 ┼savas
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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