Hello my good friends who follow a contemplative life, I thought you might
like to have some resources for the meditative absorption states. Within a
Southern (Nikayan) Buddhist context the meditative absorptions are known as
Jhana, this however does not mean that these subjective states are any
different from what Christian mystics, like Teresa of Avila, called the
religious ecstasies. In fact one will find every contemplative tradition
has some context for these states.
The current issue of Tricycle (Winter 2004) has a special section titled
'The Jhanas: Perfecting States of Concentration'.
Articles and contents are:
Mary Talbot: WHAT ARE THE JHANAS?
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana: THE PATH OF SERENITY AND INSIGHT
Leigh Brasington: A MIND PURE, CONCENTRATED, AND BRIGHT
Christina Feldman: OPENING THE GATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Thanissaro Bhikkhu: SEEING FOR YOURSELF
Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo: ABSORBED IN THE BREATH
plus selection from the Pali Canon
other S O U R C E S for J H A N A
GREAT WESTERN VEHICLE
In an effort to provide support for those seeking to cultivate the jhanas
the Great Western Vehicle offers two services to the jhana bound
contemplative. They provide an archive of articles on the subject of jhana.
The Jhana archive is at this URL:
JHANA SUPPORT GROUP
A peer level support group for supporting people who have. or think they are
experiencing the symptoms or conditions of ecstatic absorption (jhana).
Maháthera Henepola Gunaratana
Articles on Jhana by Maháthera Henepola Gunaratana
LEIGH BRASINGTON's Web site:
METTA FOREST MONASTERY (WAT METTAVANARAM)
Thanissarro Bhikku (Tan Geoffrey)
The Jhanas By Ajahn Brahmavamso
May you become enlightened in this very life-time,
Sotapanna Jhanananda (Jeffrey S, Brooks)