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.

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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