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Practicing the Jhanas

Author : Stephen Snyder
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This is a clear and in-depth presentation of the traditional Theravadin concentration meditation known as jhāna practice, from two authors who have practiced the jhānas in retreat under the guidance of one of the great living meditation masters, Pa Auk Sayadaw. The authors describe the techniques and their results, based on their own experience.

Samatha Jhana and Vipassana

Author : Hyun-Soo Jeon
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A clear and comprehensive handbook to a revered path of meditation. This step-by-step meditator’s guide walks the reader through practices that can hold the key to unlocking new levels of concentration and insight. A student of the famed Pa-Auk Monastery and a practicing psychiatrist, Jeon Hyun-soo, MD, PhD, uses these two paths to guide the reader to a new understanding of themselves and the world around them. Drawing both from Jeon’s own experience with Pa-Auk Sayadaw and from the words of the Buddha, this is an authentic and practical guide to samatha, materiality, mentality, dependent origination, and vipassana.

A Study Guide for Right Practice of the Three Trainings

Author : Phra Thepyanmongkold
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The National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand was established with the commitment of Directors from 338 Meditation Centers (out of over 400) invited by the National Buddhism Organization to a conference at Wat Yannawa, Bangkok, March 23-25, B.E. 2551 (2008). There are fi ve objectives. Three were established at the conference and the last two were added later. 1. To support the Sangha Body’s Provincial Meditation Centers to administer Buddhist Education effectively, 2. To cooperate with Provincial Meditation Centers to teach meditation to the same high standard for all people at all levels, 3. To assist Provincial Meditation Centers with academic scholarship. 4. To cooperate with the Chiefs of the Sangha Regions and Directors of the Provincial Meditation Centers to raise academic training techniques to the same high standard. 5. To support the Sangha in stabilizing, protecting and developing Buddhism under the rules of the Discipline, the Law and the Sangha Rules. The committee members agreed to publish this Study Guide for Right Practice of the Three Trainings, based on Lord Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Commentaries from the Path of Purifi cation (Visuddhimagga), plus the Three Aspects of Nibbāna, which is an Appendix. This proposal was presented to the conference, led by Somdej Phra Maha Rajamangkalajahn, and it was agreed to publish this book and distribute it to all Meditation Centers. The book has been translated and edited by Phra Khru Baitika Dr. Barton Yanathiro, Phra Maha Natpakanan Gunanggaro, and Mr. William Webb of the Wat Luang Phor Sodh Buddhist Meditation Institute (BMI) and Mr. Potprecha Cholvijarn. Please address any questions or comments to In the name of the Board Members, I would like to thank everyone for their strenuous efforts and congratulate them on this successful contribution to the promulgation of the Dhamma. May Lord Buddha bless you all and all of your meritorious works Phra Thepyanmongkold (luangpa) President of the National Coordination Center of Provincial Meditation Institutes of Thailand, Director of the Meditation Center of Rajburi Province, and Abbot of Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram Wat Luang Phor Sodh Dhammakayaram Dammnoen Saduak District, Rajchaburi Province 70130, Thailand. English & Thai Phra Somkuan Inside Thailand, call 081-837-8457 Outside Thailand, call +66-81-837-8457 mail: [email protected] info (+66) 90-595-5162 (+66) 90-595-5164 พระเทพญาณมงคล (เสริมชัย ชยมงฺคโล) หลวงป๋า วัดหลวงพ่อสดธรรมกายาราม ริมถนนสายบางแพ-ดำเนินสะดวก กม.ที่ 14 ต.แพงพวย อ.ดำเนินสะดวก จ.ราชบุรี 70130 โทรศัพท์ 090-595-5162 090-595-5164

Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English

Author : Henepola Gunaratana
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“A straightforward and pragmatic guide to deepening levels of concentration and insight. This book is a joy to read and a great gift to us all.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness Countless people worldlwide have made Mindfulness in Plain English a beloved and bestselling classic in almost a dozen languages. Now after nearly two decades, Bhante helps meditators of every stripe take their mindfulness practice to the next level - helping them go, in a word, beyond mindfulness. In the same warm, clear, and friendly voice, Bhante introduces the reader to what have been known for centuries as the "jhanas" - deeply calm, joyous, and powerful states of meditation that, when explored with the clearly presented tools in this book, can lead to a life of insight and unshakeable peace.

The Path of Serenity and Insight

Author : Henepola Gunaratana
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In the oldest scriptures of Theravada Buddhism much attention is given to the jhanas high levels of meditative attainment distinguished by poweful concentration and purity of mind. Ven. Dr. Gunaratana examines these jhanas within the context of Buddhist t

Right Concentration

Author : Leigh Brasington
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The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called Right Concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not in themselves awakening, but they are a skillful means for stilling the mind in a way that leads in that direction, and they are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them. Leigh Brasington’s guide to navigating the jhana path is deeply informed by the view of them transmitted to him by his teacher, Ven. Ayya Khema, a view based on the Pali suttas.

Focused and Fearless

Author : Shaila Catherine
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With this accesssible guide, meditators (and non-meditators) can understand how to attain extraordinary states with relative ease. Blended with contemporary examples and pragmatic "how to" instructions that anyone can try, Focused and Fearless provides a wealth of tools to cultivate non-distracted attention in daily life and on retreat. Shaila Catherine has a friendly, wise approach to the meditative states (jhanas) that lead to liberating insight. Focused and Fearless is about much more than merely meditation or concentration. It offers a complete path towards bliss, fearlessness, and true awakening.

Mental Culture in Burmese Crisis Politics

Author : Gustaaf Houtman
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An examination of the current political crisis in Burma, and in particular its Buddhist and socio-psychological aspects.

Wisdom Wide and Deep

Author : Shaila Catherine
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Wisdom Wide and Deep is a comprehensive guide to an in-depth training that emphasizes the application of concentrated attention (jhana) to profound and liberating insight (vipassana). With calm, tranquility, and composure established through a practical experience of jhana meditators are able to halt the seemingly endless battle against hindrances, eliminate distraction, and facilitate a penetrative insight into the subtle nature of matter and mind. It was for this reason the Buddha frequently exhorted his students, Wisdom Wide and Deep follows and amplifies the teachings in Shaila Catherine's acclaimed first book, Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Readers will learn to develop this profound stability, sustain an in-depth examination of the nuances of mind and matter, and ultimately unravel deeply conditioned patterns that perpetuate suffering. This fully detailed manual for the mind sure to become a trusted companion to many inner explorers.

Bringing Home the Dharma

Author : Jack Kornfield
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If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don't need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Jack Kornfield, one of America's most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than forty years of committed study and practice. Topics include: • How to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity • Conscious parenting • Spirituality and sexuality • The way of forgiveness • Committing ourselves to healing the suffering in the world Bringing Home the Dharma includes simple meditation practices for awakening our buddha nature—our wise and understanding heart—amid the ups and downs of our ordinary daily lives.