"In the Kevaddha Sutta, the Buddha raises the question:
- Where do earth, water, fire and air no footing find?
Where are long and short, small and great, fair and foul -
Where are ‘name and form’ wholly destroyed?
And the answer is:
- Where consciousness is signless, boundless, all-luminous,
That’s where earth, water, fire, and air find no footing,
There both long and short, small and great, fair and foul -
There ‘name and form’ are wholly destroyed.
With the cessation of consciousness this is all destroyed.”
(da "What Happens to an Arahant at Death?" A Dialogue between Bhikkhu Bodhi and B. Alan Wallace )