Old translations of jhana (and looking for a book)

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budo
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Old translations of jhana (and looking for a book)

Post by budo » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:15 pm

So I'm reading a book on "Indian Buddhism" originally written in German in 1896, and in it I found this translation of Jhanas

Notice "Single thought", this is different than what you read in most modern meditation books.

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This also seems to align more with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali version of jhanas.

Does anyone have the book "Yoga Philosophy: In Relation to Other Systems of Indian Thought" by Surendranath Dasgupta

It combines the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali jhanas with Buddhist jhanas. The Patanjali "jhanas" are just more detailed instructions of the first jhana, they're just the First Jhana broken into 3-4 forms of Samadhi.

If one can master first jhana at least in detail, then they could maybe attain stream entry fruit.

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