Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya

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Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya

Post by dhammarelax » Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:23 pm

An intersting article from http://www.dhammasukha.org/

"Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya.

From Vasettha Sutta: Sutta 98

“Who has crossed to the further shore
And meditates within the jhanas,
Is unperturbed and unperplexed,
Attained Nibbana through no clinging:
He is the one I call a brahmin.”


The Buddha declared that Jhāna Practice was the path to Nibbāna and he declared this more frequently than any other methodologies in the Majjhima Nikāya. Other sects say that “Dry-Insight” Practice without Jhānas was taught by the Buddha, yet there is no mention of such a practice in the Nikāyas. This was a commentarial addition much later. How a monk attains Jhāna is mentioned in at least 50 out of 152 suttas. 33% of all suttas have a mention of it there. I include also “base of infinite consciousness etc.”

Researched: Majjhima Nikāya translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ñāṇamoli – Wisdom Pub. 1995

Jhāna Practice Explained/Described

Sutta No. Sutta Name Page No.

1 Mulapariyaya Sutta: The Root of All Things 83
4 Bhayabherava Sutta: Fear and Dread 102
6 Akankheyya Sutta: If a Bhikkhu Should Wish 115

8 Sallekha Sutta: Effacement 123
12 Mahasthanada Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Lion's Roar 164
13 Mahadukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering
19 Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Kinds of Thought 207
25 Nivapa Sutta: The Bait 246
26 Ariyapariyesana Sutta: The Noble Search 253
27 Culahatthipadopama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Elephant's Footprint 269

30 Culasaropama Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on the Simile of the Heartwood 291
31 Culagosinga Sutta: The Shorter Discourse in Gosinga 301
36 Mahasaccaka Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Saccaka 332
38 Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving 349
39 Maha-Assapura Sutta: The Greater Discourse at Assapura 362
41 Saleyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Sala 379
43 Mahavedalla Sutta: The Greater Series of Questions and Answers 387
44 Culavedalla Sutta: The Shorter Series of Questions and Answers 396
45 Culadhammasamadana Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 405
51 Kandaraka Sutta: To Kandaraka 443
52 Atthakanagara Sutta: The Man from Atthakanagara 454
53 Sekha Sutta: The Disciple in Higher Training 460
59 Bahuvedaniya Sutta: The Many Kinds of Feeling 502
64 Mahamalunkya Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Malunkyaputta 537
65 Bhaddali Sutta: To Bhaddali 542
66 Latukikopama Sutta-. The Simile of the Quail 551
76 Sandaka Sutta: To Sandaka 618
77 Mahasakuludayi Sutta: The Greater Discourse to Sakuludayin 629
78 Samanamandika Sutta: Samanamandikaputta -648
79 Culasakuludayi Sutta: The Shorter Discourse to Sakuludayin 654
98 Vasettha Sutta: To Vasettha 798
99 Subha Sutta: To Subha 808
101 Devadaha Sutta: At Devadaha 8-27
107 GanakamoggalUna Sutta: To Ganaka Moggallana 874
108 Gopakamoggallana Sutta: With Gopaka Moggallana 880
111 Anupada Sutta: One by One as They Occurred 899
112 Chabbisodhana Sutta: The Sixfold Purity 903
113 Sappurisa Sutta: The True Man 909
119 Kayagatasati Sutta: Mindfulness of the Body 949
120 Sankharupapatti Sutta: Reappearance by Aspiration 959
121 Culasunnata Sutta: The Shorter Discourse on Voidness 965
122 Mahasunnata Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Voidness 971
125 Dantabhumi Sutta: The Grade of the Tamed 989
137 Salayatanavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Sixfold Base 1066
138 Uddesavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of a Summary 1074
139 Aranavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of Non-conflict 1080
140 Dhatuvibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Elements 1087
141 Saccavibhanga Sutta: The Exposition of the Truths 1097
143 Anathapindikovada Sutta: Advice to Anathapindika 1109



METHODOLOGY

Jhāna Practice

*searched “he abided in the first jhāna”
also *searching ”jhana” for instructions and explanation in addition to above.
Also *searching “Base of infinite consciousness”

Note: There should be many more instances in the Saṃyutta Nikāya of the Jhānas.
to be researched soon



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Re: Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya

Post by Zom » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:22 pm

No need to make such long lists. Just read MN 64 )

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Re: Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:59 pm

I wonder how many times this debate shows up on Dhamma Wheel?
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Re: Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya

Post by cjmacie » Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:34 am

dhammarelax wrote:An intersting article from http://www.dhammasukha.org/

"Number of times Jhāna Practice shows up in the Majjhima Nikāya...
How does this compare with what one can find the the index?

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