10/13/17

Early Buddhist Jhana & Modern Buddhist Vipassana


Although Theravada claims to be the most orthodox Buddhist tradition, modernists within that tradition have promoted vipassana or insight meditation as the Buddha’s unique meditation practice. ¬†In the Pali Canon, however, insight generally comes after mastery of the jhanas.¬†Modern understandings of the word “vipassana” appear to differ from the understanding of the Early Buddhists who transmitted the Sutta Pitaka.

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12/30/13

Spaciousness

I find the absence of mental disturbance that sometimes happens during meditation to be a pleasant experience. Sometimes I can induce it by visualising the spaciousness of open moorland or the vast interior of a medieval cathedral, for example. A useful insight arising from such deep concentration is the conditionality of the tranquillity…

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