Arupyasamapatti, aka: Ārūpyasamāpatti, Arupya-samapatti; 2 Definition(s)


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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Ārūpyasamāpatti (आरूप्यसमापत्ति) referst to the “four formless absorptions”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 32.

The four formless absorptions (ārūpya-samāpatti) are:

  1. the sphere of infinity of space (ākāśānantya-āyatana),
  2. the sphere of infinity of consciousness (vijñānānantya-āyatana),
  3. the sphere of nothing at all (ākiṃcanya-āyatana),
  4. the sphere of neither-discrimination-nor-non-discrimination (naivasaṃjñānāsaṃjña-āyatana).

These four formless absorptions are each of three kinds: stained (samala), acquired by birth (upapatti) or acquired by effort (prāyogika). Of the four formless (ārūpya) absorptions, one, namely, the naivasaṃjñānā-saṃjñā-āyatana, is always impure (sāsrava). For the other three, one can single out: the ākāśānantya-āyatana is sometimes impure (sāsrava) and sometimes pure (anāsrava). If it is impure, this ākāśāyatana contains four impure aggregates (sāsrava-skandha); if it is pure, it contains four pure aggregates. It is the same for the vijñānānantya-āyatana and the ākiṃcanya-āyatana.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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ārūpyasamāpatti; one of the infinite mental states

Source: China Buddhism Encyclopedia: Buddhism

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