Synopsis: Sale edition. This is a clear and in-depth description of the jhanas, the traditional Theravada concentration meditation practices, from two Western authors who have practiced these meditations in retreat with and under the close guidance of one of the great modern Burmese masters. Pa Auk Sayadaw is the abbot of Pa Auk Monastery in Burma and 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.
"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." ven.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.
"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." Dr Rick Hansen.
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.