The eight Jhanas


Buddhism lists eight levels of being-peeled-away (from the pain-making situation of panicked grasping for permanence inside the bewitchment of counter-subjectivity, or space):

  1. Awareness of universal understructure (consciousness) as Pleasant Sensations
  2. Awareness of under-consciousness as Joy
  3. Awareness of under-consciousness as Contentment
  4. Awareness of under-consciousness as Utter Peacefulness
  5. Awareness of under-consciousness as Infinity of Space
  6. Awareness of under-consciousness as Infinity of Consciousness
  7. Awareness of under-consciousness as No-thingness
  8. Awareness of under-consciousness as Neither perception nor non-perception

… and the Ninth Jhana is Cessation, or liberation of local under-consciousness from all enmeshment and compulsion.