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I practice vipassana meditation since 2008. My recent experience is breathing can't be noticed. But sensation of the body is present. And thoughts are coming and passing away automatically. Most of the time sensation of the body appears such as pain , dissolves without any discomfort. Thoughts are less. Sound can hear but no thoughts on those sounds which were heard.

What is this state?

How to continue from here?

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OP: My recent experience is breathing can't be noticed.

As you progress in meditation breathing becomes subtle and stops. As many prematurely think breathing has stoped when it becomes subtle but not completely stopped as one is not sensitive to detect it.

Breathing is tied to bodily formations.

  • The in-and-out-breaths, avuso Visākha—these are states bound up with the body.

Therefore, they are bodily formation.

  • Avuso Visākha, one, having first thought and pondered, then breaks out into speech.

Therefore, thinking and pondering are verbal formation.

  • Perception and feeling—these are mentally-connected states, bound up with the mind.

Therefore, perception and feeling are thought formation.

Cūla Vedalla Sutta

When a monk is attaining cessation of perception and feeling, ayya, which states end first:

  • bodily formation, or
  • verbal formation, or
  • thought formation?

When a monk is attaining cessation of perception and feeling, avuso Visākha,

  • verbal formation ends first,
  • then bodily formation, and
  • then thought formation.

Cūla Vedalla Sutta

OP: But sensation of the body is present.

Perception and feeling \ thought formation is what ends last.

OP: Most of the time sensation of the body appears such as pain, dissolves without any discomfort.

As you progress most of the sensations are pleasant but unpleasant sensations disappear fast.

OP: Thoughts are less.

Thoughts/ verbal formation is what ends 1st. They initially reduce and subside.

OP: Sound can hear but no thoughts on those sounds which were heard. What is this state?

This seems like a preliminary stage in meditation.

OP: How to continue from hear?

Keep doing more meditation to go deeper. Double-check if you are practising correctly and have selected a proper technique which is conducive to you further in meditation.

Also, try increasing the number of hours.

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You can say that you are in a mixed stage of the path .The most basic are bodily sensations including those of the breath and sound ,then comes thoughts and feelings ,which are more subtle and slippery .And the end of the path you will realize everything comes and goes ,so what remains ?,there will remain only the witness of all that which is really nothing but emptiness or existence itself.The thoughts will come and go but no association with them anymore in your dynamic life.

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