FAQ Tag: jhana

Is it still possible to become an arahant when listening to a discourse, like in the time of the Buddha?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 5 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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January 6, 2021 0

When one is practicing one-pointed concentration, does one know how to balance the Seven Factors of Enlightenment?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 4 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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January 3, 2021 0

Of the Seven Factors of Awakening, should we keep the Mindfulness factor at all times, but put the other six in as needed?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 4 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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January 2, 2021 0

What’s the difference between gladness and joy?

This is a sequence that is used in many ways, but usually the Buddha would – when he explained his whole explanation of the Path – get just before the…
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December 25, 2020 0

Does the transition from the first to the second jhana happen automatically, or does one make a conscious change?

It’s a bit of both, because this is explaining the transition between the first level of meditation and the second. The jhanas – the levels of meditation – are a…
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December 25, 2020 0

Do psychic abilities appear when one becomes an arahant, or is the mind simply as it was before but free of the Taints?

Psychic abilities are a result of Kamma. An example of that can be found in the case of Anuruddha. In the Therāgāthā – the stories of the early arahant monks…
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December 21, 2020 0

Advice on the 6R’s and Meditation Practice

The 6Rs are crucial, and the most profound is the Relax step. Many people seem to glaze over the Relax step, not really taking the time to understand what it…
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December 21, 2020 0

How can you recognize jhana factors without verbalizing them?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 17, 2020 0

Several suttas, for instance about the Buddha’s childhood experience, never mention specific objects for the first four jhanas, only jhana factors.

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 3 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 17, 2020 0

You explained you can’t have both wholesome and unwholesome thoughts at the same time; does that mean one jumps in and out of a jhana?

Jhana is from the word the root dhy and this has many translations possible; seeing, understanding. And this is what we do in meditation, where you’re practicing this clarity of…
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December 10, 2020 0