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ākiñcaññâyatana

, n. [BHS ākiṁcanyâyatana],
the realm or sphere of nothingness, the third of the four
subjects of meditation
(kammaṭṭhāna) termed form-
less
(āruppa) pertaining to the four incorporeal
Brahma-worlds, the 'place of nothingness'
(Kern,
Manual 55), the 'state when there is nothing at all
present to the mind'
(Keith, Buddhist Philosophy
124); cf. ākāsânañcâyatana. — Definition at Vism
333,9—335,4 (trsl. Maung Tin 384—386, Ñàṇamoli
362—364). — Manner of attaining the state: nom. sg.
natthi kiñcî ti ~am neyyaṁ, M I 293,33; acc. sg.
sabbaso viññāṇañcâyatanam samatikkamma n' atthi
kiñcî ti ~aṁ upasampajja vihareyya, ib. 41,30; . . .
viharati, ib. 352,19 = II 13,7 = III 44,10 = 222,21
= D III 224,16 = 265,26 = Vibh 245,23; 262,40;
(assutavā puthujjano) ~aṁ ~ato sañjānāti, M I 3,4;
Āḷāro Kālāmo ~aṁ pavedesi, ib. 164,15 (ākiñ-
caññâyatanapariyosānā satta samāpattiyo maṁ
jānāpesi, Ps II 171,22); ~aṁ samāpannassa viññā-
ṇañcâyatana-saññā niruddhā hoti, D III 266,13; —
stage next after ākiñcaññâyatana: so evaṁ ~aṁ samā-
pajjitvā vuṭṭhāya imaṁ pubbakiccaṁ katvā neva-
saññā-nāsaññâyatanaṁ samāpajjati, Paṭis-a 321,28;
devānaṁ devâyatanam ivâ ti ~aṁ, ib. 89,1; ~aṁ
nissāya, Nett 39,3; gen. sg. ~assa lābhiṁ, Paṭis I
36,33; ~assa parikammaṁ, Tikap 165,28. — It is the
highest stage of consciousness:
saññaggan ti ~aṁ
vuccati, kasmā? lokiyānaṁ kiccakāra-samāpattīnaṁ
aggattā ~-samāpatti yamhi ṭhatvā n'eva-saññā-
nāsaññâyatanam pi nirodham pi samāpajjati, Sv
373,8 ad D I 184,17. — Controversy: see Kv 197,34
(trsl. p. 121,8). — Wrong view: ~aṁ samāpannassa
sato viññāṇañcâyatana-sahagatā saññāmanasikārā
visesāya samvattantî ti na yujjati desanā, Nett
26,24In a list of 4 arūpâvacara-kusalacittāni:
Nāmar-s 4,3 (cf. ~-samāpatti-kusalacitta); — one of
the
4 ārammaṇa beginning from kasiṇugghāṭimākāsa:
Abhidh-av 5,10; — catutthajhānassa vipāko ākāsâ-
nañcâyatanaṁ ~aṁ kusalato ca vipākato ca kiriyato
ca, ime dhammā na-vattabbârammaṇā, Abhidh-av
82,6 — jhāna and ārammaṇa are both called ā°:
jhānam pi ~aṁ ārammaṇam pi, Paṭis-a 558,15.