Wisdom Talks 20 – The 4 Jhana (deeper meditative states)
In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter discusses the “The 4 Jhana” – translated as The 4 States of Meditation in Theravada Buddhism. To encourage and inspire the possibility of refinement of consciousness and deeper states of mind; and appreciate that there is great joy and peace beyond just worldly pursuits.
In this Episode:
- The 4 Jhana (deeper states of meditation)
Level 1: Marked by initial application of mind on the object of meditation, such as the breath. Then putting the effort in to sustain the attention on the object of meditation until the mind is settled and as a result providing a sense of happiness, joy and pleasure of mind.
Level 2: When the mind is free from any thought associated with the initial and sustained application of the mind. There is greater power and one pointed attention. Joy and happiness are more refined based on strength of concentration rather than a lack of the hindrances.
Level 3: Results from when the frequent engagement in the second level the mind looses attachment to the joy of concentration. With the fading of joy, happiness is refined and deepened. Mindfulness and equinity become more prominent.
Level 4: Occurs when the mind lets go of attachment to happiness. The mind becomes refined and purified by deep equinity and deep peace and tranquillity. The mind body is completely balanced, stable and imperturbable.
- These deeper states of meditative absorption require ongoing regular practice (commitment and effort) and a suitable environment for meditation
- The reasons for developing these deeper states of meditation
- The story of Mogallana and Sariputta
- The 5 Hindrances that limit the mind from being calm
- The great healing potential in these states of Jhana
- The role of samadhi and vipassana meditation