Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas

by Leigh Brasington

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Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas by Leigh Brasington

The Buddhist jhanas—successive states of deep focus or meditative absorbtion--demystified. A very practical guidebook for meditators for navigating their way through these states of bliss and concentration.

One of the elements of the Eightfold Path the Buddha taught is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and so forth, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. The Jhanas are the method the Buddha himself taught for achieving Right Concentration. They are a series of eight successive states, beginning with bliss and moving on toward radically nonconceptual states. The fact that they can usually be achieved only during prolonged meditation retreat tends to keep them shrouded in mystery. Leigh Brasington is here to unshroud them. He takes away the mystique and gives instructions for them in plain, accessible language, noting the various pitfalls to avoid along the way, and then providing a wealth of material on the theory of jhana practice--all geared toward the practitioner rather than the scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611802696
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 226,854
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction

PART I - Practical Jhānas
The Preliminaries
Access Concentration
Entering the Jhānas
First Jhāna
Second Jhāna
Third Jhāna
Fourth Jhāna
The Immaterial Jhānas

PART II - Demystified Jhānas
Vitakka & Vicāra
First Jhāna
Second Jhāna
Third Jhāna
Fourth Jhāna
The Jhāna Summary
Insight Knowledge
The Immaterial States
The Cessation of Perception and Feeling
The Psychic Powers

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