Advancing on the path
“(The deep jhanas) are incredible states, where 99 percent of the sense of self has vanished, where there is a rock solid, immovable stillness. Afterward, when you emerge, you realize that the will was silenced….”
– Ajahn Brahm from “The Art of Disappearing”
When you experience … (a mind whose will has been silenced and stopped), you know that real “laziness” is the stillness of the mind, the deep jhanas where nothing moves for hours at a time. These are incredible states, where 99 percent of the sense of self has vanished, where there is a rock solid, immovable stillness. Afterward, when you emerge, you realize that the will was silenced….The Art of Disappearing by Ajahn Brahm
A Loving-Kindness meditation by Susan Pembroke
The Power of Mindfulness: An Inquiry into the Scope of Bare Attention and the Principal Sources of its Strength by Nyanaponika Thera.
Path and Fruit by Sister Ayya Khema.
In Transcendental Dependent Arising noted translator and scholar, Bhikkhu Bodhi,, discusses the Upanisa Sutta
Transcendental Dependent Arising: a translation and exposition of the Upanisa Sutta by Ajahn Brahmali
The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. A magnificent biography on the life and world of the Buddha available as free PDF.
Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization by Ven. Analayo. An essential book for understanding and implementing the dozens of insight practices expounded in the Satipatthana Sutta.
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, a Meditator’s Handbook by Ajahn Brahm. A meditation master’s experience of the jhanas, the meditative absorptions, with guidance on using the jhanas to dispel the illusion of a self.
Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity by Shaila Catherine. Pragmatic instructions on entering sublime states of meditation.
Let the Light Shine: Reflections from Theravada Bhikkhunis, Available here as a PDF here. This is an invaluable resource on the biographies and teachings of modern-day bhikkhunis (fully-ordained female monks). This volume will also help those individuals wishing to visit a bhikkhuni monastery or wanting to learn more about ordaining.
Much of the information provided in our glossary comes to us through the generosity of Access to Insight and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Contributions to this glossary by members of Insight Meditation of Ventura (IMV) are indicated in parentheses. Insight Meditation of Ventura is deeply grateful for the opportunity to make this content available as a way to contribute to the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma for current and future generations.