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Asaṃjñāsamāpatti [alt. asaṃjñisamāpatti] (T. 'du shes med pa'i snyoms 'jug, འདུ་ཤེས་མེད་པའི་སྙོམས་འཇུག; C. 無想定), or "perceptionless absorption," is a state of meditative absorption in which the six sense consciousnesses are temporarily brought to a halt, ultimately resulting in rebirth as a perceptionless god.[1] "The Abhidharma-kosa describes the absorption as a trap that is to be avoided by buddhist meditators, although it is cultivated by some non-buddhist traditions of yoga, where it is mistaken for a form of liberation."[1]

This formation is identified as:

In the abhidharma tradition of the Vaibhāṣika school, non-concurrent formations are understood as substantially existent entities. In the Sautrantika Abhidharma and in the Higher Abhidharma traditions, these formations are understood as imputations that arise from the mind.

It is also identified as a type of mental object (manoviṣaya) in the Abhidharma-samuccaya.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 RW icon height 18px.png perceptionless absorption, Rigpa Shedra Wiki

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