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Early Buddhist meditation. The Four Jhanas as the actualization of insight.

Author: Keren Arbel
Publisher: Basingstoke : Taylor & Francis Ltd 2017.
Series: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The relationship between insight practice (vipassana) and the attainment of the four jhanas (i.e. right samadhi) is a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The four jhanas have been misunderstood by inaccurate interpretations of key terms in Buddhist psychology and philosophy and there have been oversights of important aspects of the meditation process. This book offers a fresh look at this important  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keren Arbel
ISBN: 9781138937925 1138937924
OCLC Number: 969981862
Description: 272 pages.
Contents: Introduction1. The fourfold Jhana Model: Buddhist or Not? 2. The First Jhana: A Turning Point in the Spiritual Path.3. The Second Jhana: Non-discursive Broad Field of Awareness.4. Awakening-jhana Factors.5. The Third Jhana: Establishing a Specialized Form of Awareness.6. The Fourth Jhana: Non-reactive & Lucid Awareness of the Phenomenal Field.7. Morality (sila), Wisdom (panna) and the Attainment of the Jhanas.8. Reconsidering Samatha-bhavana, Vipassana-bhavana & Panna-vimutti. Final Reflections
Series Title: Routledge critical studies in Buddhism.
Responsibility: Keren Arbel.

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The relationship between insight practice (vipassana) and the attainment of the four jhanas (i.e. right samadhi) is a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The four jhanas have been misunderstood by inaccurate interpretations of key terms in Buddhist psychology and philosophy and there have been oversights of important aspects of the meditation process. This book offers a fresh look at this important element of Buddhist meditation theory and provides a novel map of the theoretical progress of meditation according to the early Buddhist texts in Pali. By carefully analyzing the descriptions of the four jhanas in the early Buddhist texts, their contexts, associations and meanings within the conceptual framework of early Buddhism, the relationship between this central element in the Buddhist path and 'insight meditation' becomes revealed in all its power. Current literature on the phenomenology of the four jhanas and their relationship with the 'practice of insight' has mostly recapitulated traditional Theravada interpretations. No one to date has offered a comprehensive analysis of the fourfold jhana model independently from traditional explications.

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