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Practicing the Jhanas: Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw

by Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen

PUBLISHED: 1st December 2009
ISBN: 9781590307335
ANNOTATION:
Offers a description of the jhanas, the traditional Theravadan meditation practice. This book is suitable for those who want to learn more about this type of meditation.
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PUBLISHED: 1st December 2009
ISBN: 9781590307335
ANNOTATION:
Offers a description of the jhanas, the traditional Theravadan meditation practice. This book is suitable for those who want to learn more about this type of meditation.

Annotation

Offers a description of the jhanas, the traditional Theravadan meditation practice. This book is suitable for those who want to learn more about this type of meditation.

Publisher Description

This is a clear and in-depth description of the jhanas, the traditional Theravadan meditation practice, from two authors who have practised these meditations in retreat with and under the close guidance of one of the great modern masters. Pa Auk Sayadaw is the abbot of Pa Auk Monastery in Burma (Myanmar) and the successor to Mahasi Sayadaw (d. 1982), who has several well-known books in English and who was a spiritual mentor to numerous American Buddhist teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Rodney Smith, and Sharon Salzberg. He is considered by many to be the leading teacher of the jhanas. The authors describe the techniques and their results, based on their own experience. This helpful book will be appealing to anyone who wants to learn more about this type of meditation. The instructions are thorough and detailed and will help even experienced meditators who have done retreats at one of the many popular Buddhist centres where concentration meditation is taught.

Author Biography

Stephen Snyder is a contributor to America's largest beer newspaper, "Ale Street News." He lives in Perkinsville, VT.

Review

"Finely constructed meditation manual."--Buddhadharma "Clear and in-depth. Practicing the Jhanas explains difficult concepts and ideas in an accessible format and enriches the reader's understanding of meditation."--Yoga Magazine (UK)

"Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen know what they write about in this book through their own direct experience as dedicated yogis. This book serves as a bridge for Westerners, as a conduit to the traditional teachings of the Buddha."--Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw "This is a unique road map to the extraordinary and transforming states of mind known as the jhanas. As a psychologist and as a practicing Buddhist, I recommend this book wholeheartedly."--Rick Hansen, PhD, co-author of Buddha's Brain: The New Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

"Practicing the Jh?nas is a wonderful addition to our understanding of concentration practice. Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder draw on a wealth of personal experience to clearly elucidate and fine-tune this profound meditative path. Highly recommended."--Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace and One Dharma "A fascinating look at the inner experience of jh?na meditation as taught by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina and Stephen are among a very few Western students of Sayadaw who can speak authoritatively about these profound levels of concentration. Their work is a most valuable addition to the contemporary literature of Theravadin Buddhism."--Guy Armstrong, teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center "This book will be of interest to any dedicated meditator, regardless of their style of practice. It provides a valuable contribution to the growing understanding of jh?na and its important place in Buddhist meditation."--Richard Shankman, author of The Experience of Samadhi

Review Quote

"Finely constructed meditation manual."-Buddhadharma "Clear and in-depth.Practicing the Jhanasexplains difficult concepts and ideas in an accessible format and enriches the reader's understanding of meditation."-Yoga Magazine(UK) "Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen know what they write about in this book through their own direct experience as dedicated yogis. This book serves as a bridge for Westerners, as a conduit to the traditional teachings of the Buddha."-Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw "This is a unique road map to the extraordinary and transforming states of mind known as the jhanas. As a psychologist and as a practicing Buddhist, I recommend this book wholeheartedly."-Rick Hansen, PhD, co-author ofBuddha's Brain: The New Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom "Practicing the Jh'nasis a wonderful addition to our understanding of concentration practice. Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder draw on a wealth of personal experience to clearly elucidate and fine-tune this profound meditative path. Highly recommended."-Joseph Goldstein, author ofA Heart Full of PeaceandOne Dharma "A fascinating look at the inner experience of jh'na meditation as taught by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina and Stephen are among a very few Western students of Sayadaw who can speak authoritatively about these profound levels of concentration. Their work is a most valuable addition to the contemporary literature of Theravadin Buddhism."-Guy Armstrong, teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center "This book will be of interest to any dedicated meditator, regardless of their style of practice. It provides a valuable contribution to the growing understanding of jh'na and its important place in Buddhist meditation."-Richard Shankman, author ofThe Experience of Samadhi

Excerpt from Book

"Stephen Snyder and Tina Rasmussen know what they write about in this book through their own direct experience as dedicated yogis. This book serves as a bridge for Westerners, as a conduit to the traditional teachings of the Buddha."--Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw "This book offers a fascinating look at the inner experience of jhana meditation as taught by the Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. Tina and Stephen are among a very few Western students of Sayadaw who can speak authoritatively about these profound levels of concentration. Their work is a most valuable addition to the contemporary literature of Theravadin Buddhism."--Guy Armstrong, Senior Dharma Teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center "This is a unique road map to the extraordinary and transforming states of mind known as the jhanas. As a psychologist and as a practicing Buddhist, I recommend this book wholeheartedly."--Rick Hansen, PhD, co-author of Buddha's Brain: The New Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Product Details

Author
Stephen Snyder, Tina Rasmussen
Short Title
PRACTICING THE JHANAS
Publisher
Shambhala Publications
Language
English
ISBN-10
159030733X
ISBN-13
9781590307335
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-12-31
Subtitle
Traditional Concentration Meditation as Presented by the Venerable PA Auk Sayadaw
Country of Publication
United States
Pages
147
Illustrations
Yes
Audience
General/Trade
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