What is the different between Nirodha Samapatti and Phala Samapatti? Are they the same? What are the distinctions between them?
Phalasamapatti is a meditative state in which a person is absorbed in Nibbana itself. In this attainment there is a special kind of consciousness present called Lokuttara-citta.
In contrast to this, in Nirodhasamapatti there is no consciousness at all. In Chapter 8 section 42 of the Abhidhammatha Sangaha it describes it like this:
Having proceeded, thus, up to the base of nothingness, one then attends to the preliminary duties such as the resolution, etc., and enters the base of neither-perception- nor-nonperception. After two occasions of javana in absorption, the continuum of consciousness is suspended. Then, one is said to have attained cessation (nirodha- samāpatti).
Another difference is in who can attain them. Phalasamapatti is attained by each of the four kinds of noble beings just after attaining the knowledge of the path, and it can be cultivated and extended by them as well. Nirodhasamapatti however, can only be entered by non-returners and arahats.
Here is what the Nirodha Samapatti is defined as
Here is the Phala Samapatti progessions http://www.palikanon.com/english/practice_insight/characteristics_of_forgetting.htm
Here is a discussion of if this kind of discussion is fruitful http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18101
I am not a strong supporter of discussion as a fruitful path to cessation as much as practice but I respect the right of all to choose for everyone may have a different path. It is not for me to say.
The 8 Jhanas(absorption's) are required for such attainment; the three mentioned in another post, co-inside with: stream entry, once returner, non-returner/arahant.
The five physical aggregates and mental aggregates are not self, the attachment to them are signs of attainment on the path from gross to subtle forms of clinging through desire/craving.
Nirodha samapatti is the extinction of the three poisons; greed, hate, and delusion; the 8th jhana absorption of total emptiness or extinction without remainder, kamma is what forms the gross or subtle body that others experience as form; through their attachment, albeit that attachment is one of ignorance and not one of loving kindness, compassion, or equanimity.
Since that attachment others have is not thus? Then that is what then becomes one's path having attained nibbana, and is the difference between a corpse and a monk... such attachments others have, are then the only cause for further becoming, for them their cause if not fully liberated; is further birth in the cycle of samsara.
One cannot walk the path nor liberate another; it is the duty of oneself to walk the path of the rightly self awakened one.
With Metta; Jim