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Encyclopedia > Vipassana jhanas


Vipassana jhanas are steps that describe the evolution of Vipassana's practice. They contrast with samatha's jhanas. The usual description opposes the concentration attained by practicing samatha : the jhanas, and concentration used in vipassana : neighborhood concentration (upacara samadhi). Vipassanā is a Pali word meaning insight. ... Samatha (Pāli; Sanskrit: Å›amatha), Tranquility or concentration meditation. ...


Nevertheless, Sayadaw U Pandita, a disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw, describes four vipassana jhanas. Sayadaw U Pandita (b. ... Mahāsi Sayādaw (1904-1982) was a famous Burmese Buddhist monk and meditation master who had a significant impact on the teaching of Vipassana (Insight) meditation in the West and throughout Asia. ...

  • The meditator first explores his body, then his mind, discovering the three characteristics. The first jhana consist in seeing these points and in the presence of vitakka and vicara. Phenomena reveal themselves as appearing and ceasing.
  • In the second Jhana, the practice seems quite automatic. Vitaka and vicara both disappear.
  • In the third Jhana, piti, the joy, disappears too: there is only happiness and concentration.
  • Then the practice leads to knowledge. The comfort disappears because the disparition seems the only phenomenon; this step is known as bhanga nupassana. The practice will become very difficult, showing every phenomenon as terrible, dangerous, disenchanting. The desire of freedom will take place. Upekkha, equanimity, will emerge, as the state of mind of an arahant.

The only further steps are the knowledge of attaining Nirvana. Vitakka (pāli) , both in hinduist yoga and buddhist meditation , means the action of taking care of any object : God, ones body, the Self, a color, any sensation. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... A garden featuring depictions of various arhats (Hsi Lai Temple, California) An arhat (also arahat or arahant; Chinese: 阿羅漢, aluohan; Tibetan: dgra-bcom-pa; Jp. ... This article is about a Buddhist philosophy concept. ...


Vipassana Knowledges

This unusual description of Vipassana's practice does not replace vipassana knowledge. Bhanga nupassana is one example of traditional step on the way of wisdom. The steps to nirvana were also described by Buddhaghosa as five purities following purity of discipline (sila) and purity of mind (samadhi), in his famous Visuddhimagga. Bhadantācariya Buddhaghosa was a 5th century Indian Theravadin Buddhist commentator and scholar. ... The Visuddhimagga (The path to purity) is a Theravada Buddhist commentary written by Buddhaghosa approximately in 430 CE in Sri Lanka. ...


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