A Meditator Puts That One Exact Step Of Relaxing Tightness 
Especially In Ones Head And Brain, The Jhana Is Completely Different 
And Contemplation While One Is In The Jhana Can Be Done.

Dhamma Greetings Adam,
The whole thing about jhana is when you read the suttas they give 
very precise instructions about how to do the Anapanasati 
meditation. When one does not follow these instructions exactly and 
precisely then they will begin to practice one-pointed concentration 
which by the way was rejected by the Bodhisatta. In the post that i 
wrote about how to practice the meditation the way the Buddha 
taught, I made a lot of statements about relaxing on the in breath 
and relaxing on the out breath. Without this one step the jhana 
practice becomes very difficult indeed.
The way about one-pointed type of concentration and it is true that 
one cannot contemplate while in that type of jhana. But when a 
meditator puts that one exact step of relaxing tightness especially 
in ones head and brain, the jhana is completely different and 
contemplation while one is in the jhana can be done. I know that my 
definitions are different from the Pali text Society and many other 
people who practice meditation and it is because of their not 
understanding or practicing the meditation with the step of relaxing 
in it.
When I say that each stage or step of jhana is a level of 
understanding, I mean that the meditator learns more and more about 
how Dependent Origination actually occurs. And this agrees with the 
suttas very closely. As the meditator begins to see exactly how 
mind's attention moves from one thing to another they begin to see 
that this is an impersonal process and are able to observe more and 
more closely exactly how it occurs. 

When we hear what someone says the way to find out what was said is 
to compare it to the suttas and vinaya. I have made it a habit to 
read the sutta and then explain it while I give a Dhamma talk. So my 
interpretation may be different from many other people who teach.
The way I teach and have my students follow is by being as precise 
and exact as possible with the actual suttas. As a result, many, 
many people are able to experience jhana quickly. When I am teaching 
metta, if one of my students don't attain a jhana within a few days 
I start asking them what they are doing and why aren't they 
following the instructions more carefully. Actually I like to teach 
metta more than I like to teach anapanasati because the progress in 
the meditation is so much faster. And when one practices metta their 
daily activities are easier to follow and smile.
Do you have an MP3 that plays CD's? I have a CD that has all of my 
talks from the Joshua Tree Retreat on it but it is in the MP3 
format. Other wise I won't be able to send you the talks until we 
make more copies and it will be a series of 12 CD's for the Joshua 
Tree Retreat. It may take 3 or 4 weeks with the high quality set of 
12 CD's. These talks have both the basic practices and the more 
advanced talks, so you can have a good grounding in the way I teach. 
So please tell me which kind of format is best for you and I will 
send it a long as soon as possible.
I do sincerely wish you all kinds of happiness and freedom from all 
kinds of suffering.
Maha-Metta 2u
Bhante Vimalaramsi

For more information about meditation retreats and the Buddha's 
Teachings according to the Suttas and Vinaya, please go to our 
website at http://www.dhammasukha.org or contact Bhante Vimalaramsi 
at Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center, RR1 Box 100, Annapolis, MO. 
63620, U.S.A. or write an email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] or 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] May all beings always be happy and may you 
attain Nibbana quickly and easily, in this very life! 

MP3 Dhamma Talks By Ven Dhammavuddho Maha Thera
http://www.vbgnet.org  Vihara Buddha Gotama


-       The recorded Dhamma Talks (and Q & As too) are hereby 
reproduced for both days (27~28 May) .... 


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