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Every region has its own native supernatural beings, and people living in these areas are strongly aware of their presence. This is how imagination and humanism eventually fused together to become religion. Some develop them for a pleasant abiding, but the Buddha taught that the highest benefit of jhana development is insight. [34] It is also taught that the "ending of the fermentations" (enlightenment) depends on jhana practice. [35] Buddhism, like other religions, enjoys a good schism and now has three main factions, Mahayana, Theravada, and the much smaller Vajrayana.

Pages: 1280

Publisher: Shambhala (July 12, 2011)

ISBN: 1590304748

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