Can anyone explain the four higher mental "bases".

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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.

“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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