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Interview with Leigh Brasington (concerning jhana) - Dhamma Wheel
A Buddhist discussion forum on the Dhamma of the Theravāda
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' (Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)
I dont undertand when he said he teaches a less deeper concentration that the one teached by the buddha. What i mean is that according to his instructions, to enter the first jhana one has to first go to access concentration, and when one is so concentrated that the "breath dissappears", one shifts attention to a pleasant feeling exploits.. what is deeper than that?, anyone knows?...its the absense of nimmita?
That is an interesting interview, but I wonder how he asseses the level of concentration the buddha taught. Hopefully he discusses it somewhere on his site.
What is interesting is that he sees the degree of concentration as of secondary importance to the presence or absence of the four factors. Instead the presence of the factors denotes effective meditation rather than a sharp departure from normal consciousness.