What I'm pointing to is that Leigh Brasington says that he's "solidly in the 8th jhāna," all the while there appearing "words," "sentences" and even finding himself "in the middle of some paragraph":
And what I'm saying is that Leigh Brasington—as with his students—is 1) speaking complete non-sense (and making up false definitions of Pāḷi words, such as saññā/perception meaning "identifying things"), and 2) doesn't know what he's talking about.Leigh Brasington wrote: I couldn't tell you the number of times, I'm there, I'm solidly in the eighth jhāna and then the next thing I know I'm in the middle of some paragraph of distraction.
Leigh is not in the "8th jhāna," like he says, because it's impossible for there to be vitakka or vicāra past the first jhāna (as in the stock passage of jhāna, throughout the Sutta Piṭaka).
Although I don't have much to prove this—contrary to his thinking in "8th jhāna" claim, which contradicts the Suttas—I would say he's not even in the first jhāna—but much more likely just in a normal state of mind, and experiencing restless thinking (along with substantial delusion/conceit, with all that thinking and the fabricated belief that he has "attained the '8th jhāna'").
If Leigh Brasington can incorrectly confuse the first jhāna—or more likely, just normal states of mind—for insanely high attainments, such as the "8th jhāna" (fourth arūpa-jhāna)... then that means he also can easily confuse neighbourhood-concentration/upacāra-samādhi—or even normal states of mind—as being the first jhāna.