A mental state of shamatha, but not necessarily joined with a state of vipashyana, with explicit apprehension of space-like voidness (emptiness). The attainment of a total absorption with a joined pair of shamatha and vipashyana occurs with the attainment of an applying pathway mind (path of preparation). On the mental continuum of an ordinary being , the total absorption is conceptual and known as tainted total absorption (mnyam-bzhag zag-bcas). On the mental continuum of an arya it is non-conceptual and known as the deep awareness of untainted total absorption (mnyam-bzhag zag-med-kyi ye-shes). The non-conceptual total absorption of an arya with a seeing pathway mind or an accustoming pathway mind (path of meditation) has two phases: a uninterrupted pathway mind and a liberated pathway mind.
Tibetan: མཉམ་བཞག mnyam-bzhag
J. Hopkins: Meditative equipoise
Synonyms: Meditative equipoise