[Buddha-l] Abdhidharma vindicated once again

Dan Lusthaus vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 3 16:27:54 MST 2011

> Quite possibly self-hypnosis is analogous to  nirodha-samapatti.
> Joanna

Not exactly. What they would have in common is that they are self-induced. 
But nirodha-samapatti is a (nearly?) comatose state in which the major 
difference -- according to some of the earliest texts -- between someone in 
nirodha-samapatti and a corpse is that nirodha-samapatti still retains 
life-force (jivatendriya) and body heat, while a corpse does not. One has no 
conscious awareness; this is more than blocking pain.


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