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Introduction to Jhana Meditation (Index)

A yellow lotus flower. An introduction and overview to Jhana Meditation.

Entering the Jhana levels during meditation is how Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) reached nibbana (Buddhist enlightenment). After becoming enlightened, Buddha continued to meditate in the Jhanas often. Buddha said that entering into Jhana was necessary for reaching the end of suffering (nibbana). Below is an introduction to the topic of Jhana Meditation. Click a link to … Read more

Can Jhana Meditation Practice Be Dangerous?

An upturned flower with lare petals. For our Jhana Dangers page.

This was a question I received the other day during a coaching call, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to say. A meditation practice of focusing on the breath can be harmful in rare instances where someone has trauma they’ve not dealt with and it brings up murderous or suicidal intentions. But can … Read more

10 Common Problems in Entering Jhana (and help)

A pink hibiscus flower in Thailand on our page about common problems in Jhana meditation.

Entering Jhana during your meditation session may be elusive for many of you. Maybe all of you. It’s something that occurs naturally, but sometimes we fight it, we fear it, we question what we’re supposed to be doing and Jhana remains just out of reach. It’s very common for someone to write me or tell … Read more

Preparing for the Jhanas

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There are a couple of basics you need to do in preparation for reaching the Jhana states in your meditation sessions. Some of these activities can be done well before your meditation session and others happen in your session in real time. Getting into Jhana doesn’t require some elaborate preparation. It doesn’t need you to … Read more

Understanding the Jhana States

Sure thing, Vern! To fill a page about the concept of the Jhana states, you can delve deeper into various aspects to provide a comprehensive understanding. Here’s how you could expand on the description: Introduction to the Concept of Jhana States Jhana refers to the states that occur after the mind has been rock solid … Read more

Common Challenges in Jhana Practice

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There are many problems and challenges facing meditators who would like to reach Jhanas. Probably the most prevalent issue is following a teacher or instructions that have only a very small chance of helping you reach the state of mind. Who Is Reaching Jhana? I have never done any kind of study to see who … Read more