To enter vinnanancayatana jhana, the yogi's focus must shift from “space
is infinite” to “consciousness is infinite.” In making this shift, the
mind can progress to the next stage of meditation.
Within Buddhist teaching, jhanas are described as a series of carefully cultivated and developed states of mind. These states cumulatively lead to what is called upekkhii-sati-piirisuddhi, or "perfect mental awareness and equanimity."
The other three jhanas are:
- Akasanancayatana jhana - a meditative state where the mind is absorbed in realizing that space is infinite.
- Akincannayatana jhana - a meditative state where the mind contemplates the idea that nothing is there.
- Nevasannanasannayatana jhana - a meditative state of neither perception nor non-perception.