Asaṃjñāsamāpatti [alt. asaṃjñisamāpatti] (T. 'du shes med pa'i snyoms 'jug, འདུ་ཤེས་མེད་པའི་སྙོམས་འཇུག), 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. 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.
This formation is identified as:
- one of the fourteen non-concurrent formations of the Abhidharma-kosa
- one of the twenty-four non-concurrent formations of the Gateway to Knowledge
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.
- meditative attainment of non-discernment (Skt. asaṃjñāsamāpatti) (Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics)
- meditative attainment of non-discernment (Skt. asaṃjñisamāpatti) (Coghlan, Ornament of Abhidharma)
- equipoise of nonperception (Skt. asaṃjñisamāpatti) (Buswell, Princeton Encyclopedia of Buddhism)
- perceptionless absorption (Skt. asaṃjñi-samāpatti) (Rigpa wiki)
- perceptionless serenity (Kunsang, Gateway to Knowledge)
- absorption without perception (Padmakara)
- conceptionless equilibrium
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