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Can anyone explain the four higher mental "bases". - Dhamma Wheel

Can anyone explain the four higher mental "bases".

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Wind
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Can anyone explain the four higher mental "bases".

Postby Wind » Wed May 05, 2010 3:01 am

The four higher mental bases are:
- Base of infinite space.
- Base of infinite consciousness
- Base of nothingness
- Base of neither-perception-nor-non-perception

Usually these bases follows after the first four jhanas, and seems important in reaching enlightenment. But what are they? What is meant by infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness, and neither-perception-nor-non-perception?

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Re: Can anyone explain the four higher mental "bases".

Postby bodom » Wed May 05, 2010 3:08 am

They are the arupa or "formless" jhanas better explained below, than by me.

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Jhanas

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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