March 30, 2021 at 8:37 am #34118
There is ‘sensory experience” in ALL jhana.
– But arupa jhanas have ONLY “mental experiences.”
Average human lives in kama loka and experiences ALL SIX sensory experiences: FIVE physical (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch) and ONE mind-only (mano).
In RUPA jhanas, the physical senses gradually fade away as one proceeds to higher rupa jhanas.
– At the transition from the fourth (and highest) rupa jhana to the first ARUPA jhana (akasanancayatana) ALL FIVE physical sensory experiences stop.