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Post by BlueLotus » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:19 am

What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?

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Post by DNS » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:48 am

BlueLotus wrote:What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?
They are permeated throughout the Suttas, referring to the four jhanas and then usually after that it mentions the four formless realms (therefore, sometimes known as the four formless jhanas; five with 'cessation' making it 8 or 9 jhanas if you include the formless realms). Here is a small sample of Suttas, but there are actually many more:

AN 9.36
AN 4.123
AN 4.124

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Post by manas » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:50 am

BlueLotus wrote:What are the suttas buddha described 8 jhana please?

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There are some wonderful similes and descriptions of jhana by the Buddha in the "Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life". The section on the jhanas occurs a fair way down the page.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)

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Re: jhana

Post by Oh.Wow » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:24 am

A rather comprehensive guide can be found in the Anupada Sutta - the 111th Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya. It covers the 8 Jhanas "One by One" as they occur by examining how Sariputta progressed through them and subsequently attained Arahatship. Here is a link that will connect you to an English translation of the Sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html.
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Post by BlueLotus » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:14 pm

thank you :anjali:

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Post by contemplans » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:45 pm

I find Leigh Blasington's works interesting.

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