Asaṃjñika (T. 'du shes med pa; C. de) is "a type of substance that temporarily stops minds and mental factors in the mindstreams of gods born in [the realm of] nondiscernment."
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.
Translations of this term into English
- state of non-discernment (Skt. asaṃjñika; T. 'du shes med pa) (Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics)
- state of non-discernment (Skt. asaṃjñika; T. 'du shes med pa) (Coghlan, Ornament of Abhidharma)
- [state of] non-perception (T. 'du shes med pa) (Erik Pema Kunsang)
- non-perception (Skt. asaṃjñika) (Buswell, Princeton Encyclopedia)
- perceptionlessness (Rigpa wiki)