Right Concentration

A Practical Guide to the Jhanas
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Author(s): Leigh Brasington
Genre: Religion
Original Publish Date: Oct 13, 2015
Product Number: EB00687618
Released: Oct 31, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780834803022
Publisher: Shambhala
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Description

A practical guidebook for meditators interested in achieving the states of bliss and deep focus associated with the Buddhist jhanas One of the elements of the Eightfold Path is Right Concentration: the one-pointedness of mind that, together with ethics, livelihood, meditation, and more, leads to the ultimate freedom from suffering. So how does one achieve Right Concentration? According to the Buddha himself, the jhanas—a series of eight progressive altered states of consciousness—are an essential method. But because the jhanas can usually be achieved only through prolonged meditation retreat, they have been shrouded in mystery for years. Not anymore. In Right Concentration, Leigh Brasington takes away the mystique and gives instructions on how to achieve them in plain, accessible language. He notes the various pitfalls to avoid along the way and provides a wealth of material on the theory of jhana practice—all geared toward the practitioner rather than the scholar. As Brasington proves, these states of bliss and concentration are attainable by anyone who devotes the time and sincerity of practice necessary to realize them.

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