The definitional state of the first of the four levels of mental constancy (dhyana), in which one achieves a temporary blockage of manifest attachment and desire for desirable sense objects of the plane of sensory desires (desire realm), achieves a level of mind on the plane of ethereal forms (form realm), and attains the various types of advanced awareness (extrasensory cognition and extraphysical abilities). It is achieved on the basis of a stilled and settled state of shamatha, known in this context as the indispensable preliminary stage of the first level of mental constancy, and is divided into the mere actual stage and the distinguished actual stage. On the mere actual stage, one still has coarse discrimination of attachment and desire for the desirable sense objects of the plane of sensory desires as being inferior and the subtle discernment of the state of their temporary blockage as superior. On the distinguished actual stage, one no longer has this coarse discrimination, but still has the subtle one.
Tibetan: bsam-gtan dang-po'i dngos-gzhi
Synonyms: Actual state of the first dhyana