To enter akincannayatana jhana, the yogi must give up the object of
concentration that has enabled him/her to reach the first two jhanas.
Thus, as infinite consciousness no longer exists, the concept of
nothingness arises. By concentrating on “nothing is there,” the mind can
find the state of akincannayatana jhana.
Within Buddhist teaching, jhanas are described as a series of four 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.
- Vinnanancayatana jhana - a meditative state where the mind is absorbed in realizing that consciousness is infinite.
- Nevasannanasannayatana jhana - a meditative state of neither perception nor non-perception.