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“The Tathagatha… is the originator of the path unarisen before, the producer of the path unproduced before, the declarer of the path undeclared before. He is the knower of the path, the discoverer of the path, the one skilled in the path. And his disciplines now dwell following that path and become possessed of it afterwards.”
~ The Buddha
SN 22:58



The Jhanas in Theravada Buddhist Meditation

Bhante Gunaratana

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This is a greatly abridged version of The Path of Serenity and Insight, geared to establishing a jhana mdiation practice through an exposition of the necessary preliminary factors and the attainment of the first jhana. The higher jhanas and role of jhana in the noble disciple are also discussed.


Wheel Publication No: 351/353, 76 pages
Buddhist Publication Society, 1998

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