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Introduction to Jhana Meditation (Index)

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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

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

Origin of Jhana Meditation

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Did Buddha Invent Jhana? Jhana meditation has its origin in ancient Indian (India) spiritual traditions and predates the emergence of Buddhism more than 2567 years ago. While Jhana is closely associated with both Hinduism and Buddhism, its practice was not exclusive to either or any other religious sect early on. The precise historical origins of … Read more

Techniques for Entering Jhana

Entering the Jhana levels of Buddhist meditation requires a sustained and dedicated practice and mastery of certain techniques aimed at cultivating deep states of concentration and absorption. Here are some of the most well known techniques used to enter Jhana. 6 Methods for Jhana Entry Anapanasati (mindfulness of breath) – This is primarily the method … Read more

Reaching Jhana Meditation by Different Traditions

There is some disagreement about Jhana and how to reach it and how to practice it by different traditions. The Buddha had many statements about the Jhanas in the Suttas (Sutras) in the Pali Canon. To me, these seem to be the best source of information. Disagreement About Jhanas There is some disagreement among Buddhists … Read more

Benefits of Jhana Meditation

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Jhana Meditation Effects A simple meditation practice of focusing on the breath that eventually leads to Jhana brings many benefits to be enjoyed as fruits of the practice. Benefits of Meditation Jhana meditation offers many benefits for meditators, covering the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of well-being. These benefits are supported by both scientific research … Read more