Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas, by Leigh Brasington

Leigh Brasington's book on Right Concentration and the JhanasAfter nearly twenty years of teaching the jhanas (initially at Ayya Khema’s request), Leigh Brasington has gathered his approach into a very useful book.

This book has now been released and can be ordered from Amazon as a paperback book or as a Kindle eBook.

I have been on one of Leigh’s retreats, and I got to read through an early draft of this book in 2013; I can highly recommend both. His approach to the jhanas is based primarily on the early suttas (in contrast to later traditions), and aims at making a realistic beginning that can be deepened with time and practice. Like his teacher Ayya Khema, he is relentless in framing the experience of the jhanas as a support for insight.

Wisdom distilled from helping thousands of students find and navigate these mindstates combines with a clear and nuanced reading of the relevant sutta texts.

Brasington, Leigh. Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas. Boston: Shambhala, forthcoming: late 2015. 272 pages.

You can learn some about Leigh Brasington’s approach from his website http://leighb.com/ or from Richard Shankman’s interview with him in The Experience of Samadhi. But this book is richer than both together.