From a Buddhist perspective the body has a central role in the meditative path to awakening. We can say that the physical aspect of our experience plays an important role, both in our experience of suffering, and in the experience of freedom. Furthermore, without knowing the nature of the body clearly – its advantages and disadvantages, and without understanding the relationship between our mental and physical aspects, the mind cannot be liberated from ignorance and clinging. Thus, developing wise observation into the nature of the body is imperative to unbinding clinging and the unfolding of awakening.
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Early Buddhist Meditation: The Four Jhanas as the Actualization of Insight
This book offers a fresh look at the four jhànas and their liberative role in the Buddhist path to awakening, and provides a novel map of the progress of meditation according to the early Buddhist texts.
Published by Routledge (Critical Studies in Buddhism)