Visuddhimagga X-6

So tattha evaṃ ādīnavaṃ disvā nikantiṃ pariyādāya ākāsānañcāyatanaṃ santato anantato manasikaritvā cakkavāḷapariyantaṃ vā yattakaṃ icchati tattakaṃ vā kasiṇaṃ pattharitvā tena phuṭṭhokāsaṃ ‘‘ākāso ākāso’’ti vā, ‘‘ananto ākāso’’ti vā manasikaronto ugghāṭeti kasiṇaṃ.


Ñ(X,6): When he has seen the danger in that [fine-material fourth jhāna] in this way and has ended his attachment to it, he gives his attention to the base consisting of boundless space as peaceful. Then, when he has spread out the kasiṇa to the limit of the world-sphere, or as far as he likes, he removes the kasiṇa [materiality] by giving his attention to the space touched by it, [regarding that] as 'space' or 'boundless space'.

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