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“Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering… in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
~ The Buddha
SN 56:11



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

Currently out of print

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