Eight High Trances of Buddhism
In a couple places Aleister Crowley refers to the "Eight High Trances of Buddhism". Where can I get the lowdown on this? Or can someone explain them to me? Thanks!
These must refer to the Four absorptions of the world of form and Four formless absorptions. You will find reference to them in the Satipatthana sutta. For this scripture and an excellent commentary on how it is practiced you can do little better than Nyanaponika Mahathera's excellent book 'The Heart of Buddhist Meditation.