Abhidhamma Study:Analysis of Attainments & Cessation
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]
As I earlier promised, CMA page 364 (Guide to Attainment of Cessation) is
reproduced below for our further discussion. For a bonus I shall begin with
Analysis of Attainments plus the Attainment of Cessation.
Analysis of Attainments
Herein, the attainment of fruition is common to all, each being able to attain
their respective fruition. But the attainment of cessation is accessible only to
non-returners and Arahants.
#43 The Attainment of Cessation
In this case, one enters successively upon the sublime attainments beginning
with the first jhaana, and then after emerging from them, one contemplates with
insight the conditioned states within each of those attainments.
Having proceeded thus up to the base of nothingness, one then attends to the
preliminary duties such as the resolution, etc., and enters the base of
neither-perception-nor-non-perception. After two occasions of javana in
absorption, the continuum of consciousness is suspended. Then one is said to
have attained cessation.
Guide to #43
The attainment of cessation is a meditative attainment in which the stream of
consciousness and mental factors is completely cut off temporarily. It can be
obtained only by non-returners and Arahants who have mastery over all the
fine-material and immaterial jhaanas. Further, it can be obtained only within
the sensuous plane or the fine-material plane of existence. It cannot be
obtained within the immaterial plane, for there is no attaining of the four
fine-material jhaanas there, which are the prerequisites for entering
To enter cessation the meditator must attain each jhaana in proper sequence.
After emerging from each one, he contemplates its factors as impermanent,
suffering, and non-self. In this manner the procedure is carried as far as the
base of nothingness. After emerging from the base of nothingness, the meditator
then makes four resolutions:
(1) that any requisites not connected to his body should not be destroyed during
the attainment (the requisites connected to his body, such as robes, are
(2) that he should emerge if his services are needed by the Sangha;
(3) that he should emerge if he is summoned by the Buddha (during the Buddha's
(4) that he is not bound to die within seven days.
After making these four resolutions, he enters the fourth immaterial jhaana,
which occurs for two moments of javana. Immediately after, he attains cessation,
wherein the stream of consciousness is temporarily suspended.
Love Buddha's dhamma,