Thursday, March 25, 2010


Please be informed that

there will not be any
meditation sessions
March 30, 2010.

The session will
resume on
April 22, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010


According to the Pali Suttas

ISBN 978-983-3512-70-6
Size: 5.5” x 8.25”
Pages: 48 pages

In Theravada Buddhist circles during the past few decades a debate has repeatedly erupted over the question whether or not jhāna is necessary to attain the “paths and fruits,” that is, the four graded stages of enlightenment. The debate has been sparked off by the rise to prominence of the various systems of insight meditation that have become popular both in Asia and the West, especially among lay Buddhists.

Those who advocate such systems of meditation contend that the paths and fruits can be attained by developing insight (vipassanā) without a foundation of jhāna. This method is called the vehicle of bare insight (suddhavipassanā), and those who practise in this mode are known as “dry insighters” (sukkha-vipassaka) because their practice of insight has not been “moistened” by prior attainment of the jhānas. Apparently, this system finds support from the Visuddhimagga and the Pāli Commentaries, though it is not given a very prominent place in the commentarial treatment of the path, which usually follows the canonical model in placing the jhānas before the development of insight.

The booklet helped to answer these three specific questions:

  1. Do the texts indicate that a worldling must attain jhāna before entering upon the "fixed course of rightness" (sammatta-niyāma), the irreversible path to stream-entry?
  2. Do the texts typically ascribe the jhānas to lay disciples who have attained stream-entry?
  3. If the texts do not normally attribute the jhānas to the stream-enterer, is there any stage in the maturation of the path where their attainment becomes essential?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The 31 Planes of Existence

Free distributional copies of the 31 Planes of Existence Poster
are available at the centre.
Please feel free to come and collect a copy.

Poster Size: 13.75" x 20.5" (34.93cm x 52.07cm)