Myotai wrote:Just listened to Leigh Brasington talk about Jhanas - "Focus and Freedom" - he often spoke of brain chemistry in terms of Jhanic states.....always makes me feel uncomfortable. If what the Buddha taught can be reduced to chemical changes in the brain, why not just develop a Jhana pill?
Chemical reactions occur in the brain when we meditate, however different chemical reactions go on all the time in the brain depending on what we are doing (sex, drugs, happy, stresses, asleep etc)
A jhana pill, that would be nice
A short cut to Jhana is unlikely, however it was possible you would still need to develop wisdom, which is different.
You can be in Jhana and not see the Dhamma
I dont know how you would develop a pill for "Wisdom"
If you find out though, let me know