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:
It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw


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