Author Archives: Christopher

Am I my Body?

“The basic organization of nature is the process of living and not the categories about living.” – Eugene Gendlin, Sitting with Gene at his Leading Edge (Audio, Focusing Resources). Toward the end of a series of conversations called ‘Sitting with … Continue reading

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Mindfulness of the Body with Breathing

Mindfulness of breathing is a way to include the body in meditation, and it’s also as a way to ground ourselves bodily, moment to moment, during daily activities. Anālayo, in his book – Satipaṭṭhāna: the Direct Path to Realisation  (p.125)- writes: … Continue reading Continue reading

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Meditating with the Body

Kāyasakkhī Sutta (The ‘Realising Through the Body’ Sutta) Anguttara Nikāya, 9.43 Translated from the Pāli by Christopher J. Ash. Questioner: “‘Realising the truth through the body,’ it is said. As described by the flourishing one, how is one realising truth though the body?” Respondent: “Where, Friend, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Deathless

Translated from the Anguttara Nikaya; from the Book of the Ones, by Christopher McLean “Practitioners, one does not enjoy the deathless who doesn’t enjoy mindfulness directed to the body. One enjoys the deathless who enjoys mindfulness directed to the body. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ways of Seeing the Body

Elsewhere I said, to a group I’m in, something like: “What is clear from the experience of mindfulness, from this practice of immediacy, is that the lived body is not the body of science, nor the medical body; that it … Continue reading Continue reading

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From the Samyutta Nikaya

iv.360; p.1372 of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation: At Savatthi. “Bhikkhus, I will teach you the unconditioned and the path leading to the unconditioned. Listen to that… “And what, bhikkhus, is the unconditioned? The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Knowing Nibbāna Directly

Just looking back at that verse from the Udana, translated by F.L.Wooward, to put it in a more modern idiom: With mindfulness of the body present,restrained in her sixfold sense contact,the seeker continuously collectedcan know nibbāna herself. – Ud.III.iv I … Continue reading Continue reading

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Contemplating the Great Primary Elements (Mahābhūta)

Continuing with the translation of MN 119, the ‘Mindfulness of Body (Kāyagatāsati) Sutta.’ The Buddha instructs his disciples (i.e., those undertaking the discipline)… “Again, seekers, a seeker contemplates this very body – however it is placed and whatever its posture … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mindfulness of body well-fixed

What a tough time I’ve been having in this body of mine, lately. The Fibromyalgia has been intense, but last night was so interesting – exploring the (Buddhist) elements and then asking “Exactly what is pain?” Going into the pain … Continue reading Continue reading

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Inside a Cell, Inside a Body

Further reflections on the practice of acquainting ourselves with the (you might say) unaesthetic aspects of the human body, the inside bits: Some Buddhists occasionally have the depressed/depressing “the-body-is-a-sordid-pit” kind of approach. On the other hand, when you’ve got a … Continue reading Continue reading

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