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Potthapada Sutta, Digha Nikaya 9,9-17

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    Potthapada Sutta, Digha Nikaya 9,9-17 9-10. (One scrutinizes) the sense doors...Having reached the first jhana, (one) remains in it. Whatever sensations (that
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      Potthapada Sutta, Digha Nikaya 9,9-17

      9-10. (One scrutinizes) the sense doors...Having reached the first jhana,
      (one) remains in it. Whatever sensations (that were there) disappear. At that
      time there is present a true but subtle perception of delight and happiness, born
      of detachment, and (one) becomes one(,) who is conscious of this delight and
      happiness. In this way some perceptions arise through training, and some pass
      way. This is that training...

      11. ...With the subsiding of thinking, by gaining inner tranquillity and
      unity of mind (consciousness), (one) reaches and remains in the second jhana,
      which is free from thinking, born of concentration, filled with delight and
      happiness. At (this) time there arises a true but subtle perception of delight and
      happiness born of concentration, and (one) becomes one(,) who is conscious of
      this delight and happiness. In this way some perceptions arise through
      training, and some pass way.

      12. ...Dwelling in equanimity, mindful and clearly aware, (one) experiences
      in (one's) body that pleasant feeling of which the Noble Ones say: "Happy
      dwells the (one) of equanimity and mindfulness," (thus one) reaches and remains in
      the third jhana...There arises at this time a true but subtle sense of
      equanimity and happiness. In this way some perceptions arise through training, and
      some pass way.

      13. ...With the abandoning of pleasure and pain, and with the disappearance
      of previous joy and grief, one reaches and remains in the fourth jhana, a state
      beyond pleasure and pain, purified by equanimity and mindfulness...and there
      arises a true and subtle sense of neither happiness nor unhappiness, and (one)
      becomes one(,) who is conscious of this subtle sense of neither happiness nor
      unhappiness. In this way some perceptions arise through training, and some
      pass way.

      14. ...By passing entirely beyond bodily sensations, by the disappearance of
      all sense of resistance and by non-attraction to the (diverse perceptions),
      seeing that space is infinite, (one) reaches and remains in the sphere of
      Infinite Space. In this way some perceptions arise through training, and some pass
      away.

      15. ...By passing entirely beyond the Sphere of Infinite Space, seeing that
      consciousness is infinite (one) reaches and remains in the Sphere of Infinite
      Consciousness. In this way some perceptions arise through training, and some
      pass away.

      16. ...By passing entirely beyond the Sphere of Infinite Consciousness,
      seeing that there is no thing, one reaches and remains in the Sphere of
      No-Thingness. (One) becomes one who is conscious of this true but subtle perception of
      the Sphere of No-Thingness. In this way some perceptions arise through training,
      and some pass away.

      17. ...From the moment that one has gained this (self-awareness, one)
      proceeds from stage to stage till (one) reaches the limit of perception. (At this
      moment) it occurs: "Mental activity is worse for me, lack of mental activity is
      better...So, (one chooses to) neither think nor imagine. Then...(one) attains
      cessation.

      A modified translation by Jeffrey Brooks, 2003 from Digha Nikaya translated
      by Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 1995
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