Samma Samadhi (Right Concentration)

Samma Samadhi (Right Concentration) by Dr Diong Kok Hui

“´This Dhamma is for one with samádhi, not for one without samádhi.´ So it was said. For what reason was this said? Here a monk enters and abides in the first jhána … second jhána … third jhána … fourth jhána.” AN 8.30

When the Bodhisatta had the insight that Jhana was the way to Enlightenment, he then thought, “Why am I afraid of that pleasure which has nothing to do with the five senses nor with unwholesome things? I will not be afraid of that pleasure (of Jhana)!” (MN 36)

The Buddha said that one who indulges in the pleasures of Jhana may expect only one of four­ consequences: Stream Winning, Once-returner, Non-returner, or Full Enlightenment!
In other words, indulging in Jhana leads only to the four stages of Enlightenment.
(Pasadika Sutta, DN 29,25)

“Jhana is to be followed, is to be developed and is to be made much of. It is not to be feared.”
(MN 66)

“One trains in the higher virtue (sila), the higher mind, and the higher wisdom … What is the training in the higher mind? Here a monk … enters and abides in the first jhána … second jhána … third jhána … fourth jhána.” (AN 3.84, 88, 89)

“That one could perfect samádhi without perfecting virtue or that one could perfect wisdom without perfecting samádhi – this is impossible.” (AN 5.22)

“It is impossible to abandon the fetters that bind us to samsára (samyojana) without having perfected samádhi. And without abandoning those fetters it is impossible to realize Nibbána.” (AN 6.68)

“I say, monks, that the destruction of the mind’s poisons is dependent on the first jhána … eight jhána.”(AN 9.36)

‘For a person with right samádhi there is no need to arouse the wish,
´May I see things as they truly are.´
It is a natural process, it is in accordance with nature that someone with right samádhi will see things as they truly are.’ (AN 10.3)

‘There is no jhána without wisdom,
there is no wisdom without jhána,
but for someone with both jhána and wisdom,
Nibbána is near.’ (Dhp 372)


Develop concentration, bhikkhus; concentrated, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu understands according to reality.(Samàdhi Sutta, S.III.I.i.v)


Silenced in body, silenced in speech,
silenced in mind, without inner noise,
Blessed with silence is the sage!
He is truly washed of all evil …
(Itivuttaka 3.67)

Not even wholesome thoughts in Jhana
” … And as I remained thus heedful, ardent, & resolute, thinking imbued with renunciation / non-ill will / harmlessness arose. I discerned that ‘Thinking imbued with renunciation / non-ill will / harmlessness has arisen in me; and that leads neither to my own affliction, nor to the affliction of others, nor to the affliction of both. It fosters discernment, promotes lack of vexation, & leads to Unbinding. If I were to think & ponder in line with that even for a night… even for a day… even for a day & night, I do not envision any danger that would come from it, except that thinking & pondering a long time would tire the body. When the body is tired, the mind is disturbed; and a disturbed mind is far from concentration.’ So I steadied my mind right within, settled, unified, & concentrated it. Why is that? So that my mind would not be disturbed.
… first jhana, second jhana … ”
(Dvedhavitakka Sutta, MN.019)

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