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The Jhana Underground

The mid-20th century Theravada reforms favored vipassana (insight) over samatha (concentration) and the altered mind-state of the jhanas associated with it. What the sangha didn’t know was that six thousand miles away, a hitchhiking ex-monk, reformed village bad boy, embassy employee, and future gem salesman kept the old tradition going right under their noses.

By Wendy Biddlecombe Agsar

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