chapter  40
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The Third Level of Concentration

And again the monk leaves his feeling of joy and becomes neutral; he remains mindful and attentive, and he feels happiness in his body, just like the noble ones describe, "Neutral and mindful he is dwelling in happiness"; so he enters and remains in the third meditation. The subtle but real awareness of joy and happiness, born of concentration, which he formerly had, disappears. A subtle but real awareness of the happiness of equanimity arises at that time, and he becomes at that time subtly but truly aware of the happiness of equanimity.