I Can’t Believe It’s Not Nirvana

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Nirvana

There is an important teaching regarding samadhi that enjoys consensus among all Buddhist masters across all schools of Buddhism, which is that meditative experience and realization are different things.  In other words, no matter how sublime your jhāna experience is,...
The Buddhist Path is Filled With Joy

The Buddhist Path is Filled With Joy

The Buddha is the greatest genius in the history of the world.  One of his most important innovations, which is surprisingly less than prominent on the radars of many Buddhist teachers and scholars, is the central role of joy.  The path to enlightenment can...
Right Samadhi and the Four Jhānas

Right Samadhi and the Four Jhānas

The Noble Five-Factored Right Samadhi Right samadhi refers to the four jhānas.  The word jhāna literally means “meditation”, but when the Buddha uses that word, he is referring to a specific collection of four increasingly refined states of meditative...