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Book about jhana

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:22 pm
by Zolbec
Hey, guys.


I am looking for a book about the eighth step of the Noble Eightfold Path (Right Concentration). I am in doubt between two books.

Who Is My Self? - Ayya Khema
Right Concentration - Leigh Brasington



Which would you recommend?

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:00 pm
by JamesTheGiant
Zolbec wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Hey, guys.


I am looking for a book about the eighth step of the Noble Eightfold Path (Right Concentration). I am in doubt between two books.

Who Is My Self? - Ayya Khema
Right Concentration - Leigh Brasington



Which would you recommend?
I was impressed by the Brasington book. It is clear and straightforward. I've not read the Ayya Khema one.

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:08 pm
by Laurens
Those are no doubt good choices. You could add 'Focused and Fearless' by Shaila Catherine to the list.

Just be aware that books aren't necessarily going to get you all the way. Especially if you have lots of other commitments that prevent you from meditating. So once you have a good understanding of Jhana you might want to look into doing a retreat, preferably with a teacher who can guide you into the Jhanas.

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:25 pm
by cappuccino
I recommend the scriptures

only the scriptures

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:17 pm
by retrofuturist
Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:25 pm
I recommend the scriptures

only the scriptures
I agree with this generally regarding the Dhamma, but I can appreciate people wanting something additional, with respect to jhana.

I'd steer away from Brasington's words, for a variety of reasons I won't go into here.

If you are going to take jhana advice, take it from someone's conduct you believe conforms with the deepest Dhammic truths. Because otherwise, if they don't manifest them, then what have they actually learned via their "concentration"?

Metta,
Paul. :)

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:25 pm
by Grigoris
I don't understand how somebody can talk about "teaching the jhanas".

Surely one just experiences jhana as a consequence of practice?

I mean, one could define each jhana, but teach it???

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:30 pm
by Idappaccayata
JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:00 pm
Zolbec wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Hey, guys.


I am looking for a book about the eighth step of the Noble Eightfold Path (Right Concentration). I am in doubt between two books.

Who Is My Self? - Ayya Khema
Right Concentration - Leigh Brasington



Which would you recommend?
I was impressed by the Brasington book. It is clear and straightforward. I've not read the Ayya Khema one.
Would you say the book helped you get deeper samadhi?

I've been going to read it, I've just been hesitant, given all the good resources out there by well trusted monks.

Probably an irrational fear.

Re: Book about jhana

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:03 pm
by JamesTheGiant
Idappaccayata wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:30 pm

Would you say the book helped you get deeper samadhi?
Not really, I mean all meditation guides basically teach the same methods. But it was interesting to see sutta jhana presented, instead of the more commonly discussed Vishudhimagga /hard jhana.
And it was very interesting to understand how hard jhana and sutta jhana are on a continuum, a spectrum. Same method and same features, except different intensities.