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Samāpatti (Sanskrit; Pali; traditional Chinese: 三摩跋提; ; pinyin: sānmóbátí) is a common term in Buddhism and Hindu Yoga, frequently used as a synonym for samādhi.


Samāpatti stands for correct (samyag) acquisition (āpatti) of Truth. It is a form of alaukika-pratyakṣa (extraordinary perception) forming thus a legitimate part of the perceptual (pratyakṣa) instruments of adequate knowledge (pramāṇa).


In Buddhism, samapatti refers to the eight jhanas.[web 1]

Pātañjala Yoga[edit]

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, samāpatti is discussed as the universal form of the Yoga called samprajñāta-samadhi, or savikalpa samadhi, followed by asamprajñāta-samadhi, or nirvikalpa samadhi. It has as its prerequisite the annihilation of all (non-sattvic) modifications (vṛtti) of consciousness (citta).

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Printed sources[edit]

  • Whicher, Ian (1998), The Integrity of the Yoga Darsana: A Reconsideration of Classical Yoga, SUNY Press