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Jhāna consciousness : Buddhist meditation in the age of neuroscience / Paul Dennison.

By: Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Shambala Publications, [2022]Copyright date: ©2022Description: xii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cmISBN:
  • 9781645470809
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Includes bibliography (pages 264-271) and index.

Preface--Introduction--Part I. Ancient Traditions: Jhāna and Yogāvacara--1. Invocation--2. The First Rūpa Jhāna: Attention, Vitakka, and Vicāra--3. The Second Rūpa Jhāna: Pīti, Energization--4. The Third Rūpa Jhāna, "Fully Conscious"--5. The Fourth Rūpa Jhāna: Upekkhā, Equanimity--6. Summary of the Four Rūpa Jhānas--7. Twilight Language, Syllables, and Yantras--8. The First Arūpa Jhāna: Infinity of Space--9. The Second Arūpa Jhāna: Infinity of Consciousness--10. The Third Arūpa Jhāna: Nothingness--11. The Fourth Arūpa Jhāna: Neither Perception nor Non-Perception--Part II. Modern Neuroscience, Consciousness, and an Ancient Path--12. Neuroscience of the Jhānas--13. Consciousness--14. An Ancient Path--Notes--Bibliography--Credits--Index.

An interdisciplinary deep dive into Buddhist jhāna meditation and how it can transform our understanding of self and consciousness.

States of profound meditative concentration, the jhānas are central to the earliest Buddhist teachings. For centuries in Southeast Asia, oral yogāvacara (yoga practitioner) lineages kept traditional jhāna practices alive, but in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, reforms in Theravāda Buddhism downplayed the importance of jhāna in favor of vipassanā (insight) meditation. Some began to consider the jhānas to be strictly the domain of monastics, unattainable in the context of modern lay life. In recent years, however, there has been a resurgence of interest in the jhānas, and as researcher Paul Dennison shows, the esoteric and sometimes “magical” pre-reform practices of Southeast Asia hold powerful potential for modern lay practitioners living in a more scientifically minded world. Drawing on traditional Buddhist doctrine, teachings from lesser-known meditation texts such as the Yogāvacara’s Manual, and findings from the first in-depth, peer-reviewed neuroscience study of jhāna meditation, Dennison unpacks this ancient practice in all its nuance while posing novel questions about perception, subjectivity, and the nature of enlightenment.
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Book Book Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre General Stacks Non-fiction BME 294.3 DENN (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 2023-0170

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