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The Jhanas In Theravada Buddhist Meditation by Henepola Gunaratana
The Doctrinal Context of Jhana The Buddha says that just as in the great ocean there is but one taste, the taste of salt, so in his doctrine and discipline there is but one taste, the taste of freedom. The taste of freedom that pervades the Buddha’s teaching is the taste of spiritual freedom, which from the Buddhist perspective means freedom from suffering. In the process leading to deliverance from suffering, meditation is the means of generating the inner awakening required for liberation. The methods of meditation taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition are based on the Buddha’s own experience, forged by him in the course of his own quest for enlightenment. They are designed to recreate in the disciple who practices them the same essential enlightenment that the Buddha himself attained when he sat beneath the Bodhi tree, the awakening to the Four Noble Truths.

Thoughts for a Yogi (Meditator) by Pa Auk
1. Bearing in mind that “Loving Kindness” (Metta) is perfection (Paramitha) 2. Do not be attached to anyone. 3. Do not dislike anyone. 4. Cultivate the quality of equanimity (Upekka). 5. Have no regret about losses.

The Dhamma Brothers: East Meets West in the Deep South by Directed by Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein, and Andrew Kukura-Sunday, July 12, 2009
What would happen if the American prison system was based on a treatment model versus a punitive model? The administrators at the W. E. Donaldson Correctional Facility wondered what would happen if they introduced the ancient Vipassana meditation techniques to prisoners. The Vipassana program is modeled after a program in India. The administrators hoped that the Vipassana meditation program would have a calming effect on the prison population. Donaldson Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located in the countryside southwest of Birmingham, Alabama. The facility houses about 1,500 prisoners with sentences ranging from six months to life terms. The administrators decided to offer a Vipassana retreat for prisoners who wanted to participate in the program. Participants would be required sit in silent meditation for ten days. Vipassana is the Theravada Buddhism mediation technique known as Insight meditation. Vipassana requires the mediator focus the concentrated mind on suffering, impermanence, and lack of the enduring self. The program would allow the inmates to deal with their anger and to rise above the prison culture of revenge, hatred, and retaliation.

Meditation Shown to Increase Grey Matter and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by http://www.thaimarathon.com/2009/07/26/meditation-shown-to-increase-grey-matter-and-prevent-alzheimers-disease/
Researchers from some of the country’s most prestigious medical centers have found in their studies that meditation can impact the thickness of the cortical tissue in the brain. This type of change is significant in the way the tissue is then able to process sensory, cognitive, and emotional responses. The group of researchers from Harvard, Yale, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital studied 20 people each one with significant commonality. They were all extensively trained in the Buddhist Insight meditation practices. This generally meant that the subjects spent about 40 minutes each day in deep meditation. This was enough to affect grey matter in the brain and increase cortical thickness.

Introduction to Meditation by http://supernatural-esp.blogspot.com
Meditation has now spread worldwide. Millions of people are doing it regularly or irregularly irrespective to their religions. Usually they are doing it for mental peace, serenity or tranquility, to increase concentration power, to get rid of unhealable diseases, to make a successful career etc. and etc. That is, Meditation has numerous purposes to do with people and people are doing it and getting benefited.

The Jhanas and the Brahma Viharas by Lloyd Burton
Lloyd Burton has written a paper entitled The Jhanas and the Brahma Viharas which discusses Brahma Vihara practice in relation to the Jhanas.

The Jhanas in Theravadan Buddhist Meditation by Leigh Brasington
There is very little actual instruction on how to "do" Jhana practice in the suttas. One probable reason for this is that the Jhanas were a well-known practice among serious spiritual seekers 2500 years ago. Just like today, when giving someone directions to your house, you don't include information on how to start the car, shift gears, etc., so it wasn't considered necessary to explain how to enter the Jhanas.

Jhanas at the Forest Refuge by Leigh Brasington
The initial instructions for Anapanasati from Sayadaw were to learn to follow the breath for half an hour without getting distracted. Since I have been practicing Anapanasati for over 20 years in one form or another, this was not a difficult thing for me to do. When I reported that I could do so at my second interview, Sayadaw asked me to sit longer - like 3 or 4 hours per sitting.

Instruction for Entering Jhana by Leigh Brasington
These instructions have been taken from a nine-day retreat offered by Leigh Brasington at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in April of 2002. The Pali word jhana (Sanskrit dhyana) is sometimes simply translated as "meditation," but more accurately refers to an "absorption" into a very focused, very stable state of concentration. In the classical tradition there are several stages of jhana, each one more focused than the previous.

Travelogue to the four jhanas by Brahmavamso, Ajahn
Now what these jhanas actually are - I'll just talk about the four jhanas this morning and I'm going to carry on from what I might call the launching pad of that second stage of meditation which I've been talking about a lot while I've been teaching meditation during this retreat. The second stage of meditation in my scheme of things is where you have full continuous awareness of the breath.

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