Pivotal to both systems of meditation, though belonging inherently to the side of serenity, is a set of meditative attainments called the jhanas though translators have offered various renderings of this word, ranging from the feeble musing to the misleading trance and the ambiguous meditation, we prefer to leave the word untranslated and to let its meaning emerge from its contextual usages. Of course, meditation’s not meant to be a narcotic but most beginners are experiencing real dukkha [suffering] and they are searching for ways to lessen it mindfulness, meta-cognition, insight, and building witness consciousness are great ways to do so but so are building concentration, focus, and calm—and that’s where jhana meditation excels. Here are links (i know, not pretty) to some of the meditation videos i put online for another site of mine that is now defunct hope these help meditation basics 3:03 meditation answers trailer video 4:21 can cigarette smokers start meditating 2:33 drinking coffee or tea permissible with meditation 2:45 can i smoke marijuana if continue reading beginners meditation videos.
But in order to gain success in meditation you have to use wisdom you have to use the desire, the energy, the application of the mind and the wisdom faculty generated through vimansa in order to gain success all of these need to be functioning and need to be maintained throughout the meditation. The path to entering the jhanas begins with what is called access concentration: being fully with the object of meditation and not becoming distracted even if there are wispy background thoughts if your practice is anapanasati —mindfulness of breathing—you may recognize access concentration when the breath becomes very subtle instead of a.
The jhanas are jewels that adorn the face of buddhism which build those special insights that open one’s eyes to nibbana in 1983 he subsequently spent 9 years studying and training in the forest meditation tradition of the venerable ajahn chah he was asked to assist in the establishing of a forest monastery near perth. In buddhism, dhyāna or jhāna is a series of cultivated states of mind, which lead to a state of perfect equanimity and awareness it is commonly translated as meditation, and is also used in hinduism and jainism dhyana may have been the core practice of pre-sectarian buddhism, but became appended with other forms of meditation throughout its development. Instruction for entering jhana by leigh brasington this article first appeared in insight journal, fall 2002 reprinted by permission these instructions have been taken from a nine-day retreat offered by leigh brasington at the barre center for buddhist studies in april of 2002.
A lot of the time in meditation our experience is of distractions relentlessly colonizing our attention we set off to follow the sensations of the breathing, but after some time we come to realize that we haven’t been paying attention to the breath at all.
The path to entering the jhanas begins with what is called access concentration: being fully with the object of meditation and not becoming distracted even if there are wispy background thoughts if your practice is anapanasati —mindfulness of breathing—you may recognize access concentration when the breath becomes very subtle instead of a normal breath, you notice your breath has become very shallow.
Jnana yoga (yoga of knowledge) is one of the three main paths , which are supposed to lead towards moksha (liberation) from material miseries the other two main paths are karma yoga and bhakti yoga.