Bliss

The com­men­taries define five kinds of bliss (pīti): 1) minor bliss (khud­dakā-pīti): enough to make one’s hair stand on end and for one to shed tears; 2) momen­tary bliss (khaṇikā-pīti): one expe­ri­ences momen­tary flash­es of rap­ture, like flash­es of light­ning; 3) peri­od­ic or surg­ing bliss (okkan­tikā-pīti): one feels puls­es of rap­ture in the body, like waves wash­ing against the shore; 4) trans­portive bliss (ubbeṅgā-pīti): one feels a strong sense of exhil­a­ra­tion, caus­ing one to behave in spon­ta­neous ways, say by utter­ing vers­es, or to feel as if one is float­ing; 5) all-per­va­sive bliss (pharaṇā-pīti): to expe­ri­ence rap­ture and exhil­a­ra­tion through­out one’s whole body.

(Vism. 143–4)

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