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  • Better than a hundred years lived without virtue, uncentered, is one day lived by a virtuous person absorbed in jhana.

    Freedom from Fear by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • A discourse in the Anguttara Nikaya VII.63 compares the four levels of jhana to the provisions used to stock a frontier fortress.

    The Weight of Mountains by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • Of these, concentration — at the level of jhana, or intense absorption — is the strength that the Buddhist tradition most often compares to good, healthy food.

    The Weight of Mountains by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • Or as Dhammapada 200 says about the rapture of jhana

    The Weight of Mountains by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • ~ Staying power (2) -- You've perhaps heard of dhyana (pali: jhana) or meditative absorption, traditionally divided into subtle form and formless, each in a set of four stages.

    Speedlinking 8/17/07

  • The Pali Canon of the Theravadin Buddhists, in multiple passages that have parallels in other Buddhist traditions, describes progressively deeper stages of meditative concentration (jhana), passing through which one loses first the abilities to initiate and sustain thought, then also joyful interest (pîti), and finally even the feeling of


  • They are called "Brahma abodes" because the four Brahma realms of the plane of ethereal forms (form realm) correspond, in turn, to the four immeasurable attitudes and to the four levels of mental stability (Pali: jhana, Skt. dhyana).

    The Four Immeasurable Attitudes in Hinayana, Mahayana, and Bon

  • Most yogins could only achieve the first jhana after years of study and hard work, but it had come to him without any effort on his part and given him a foretaste of Nibbana.


  • In the first stage of jhana, he would become entirely oblivious to the im­mediate environment, and feel a sensation of great joy and de­light, which, a yogin could only assume, was the beginning of his final liberation.


  • Once he had entered his trance (jhana), the yogin pro­gressed through a series of increasingly deep mental states, which bear little relation to ordinary experience.



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