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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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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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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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Mahāmoggallāna

I’m in the process of a major transition, having completed my separation from the town that I’ve lived in for the last twenty-three years. Hopefully, I will be able to regularly write in this blog from here on. I’ve been … Continue reading Continue reading

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Body as Way and Goal

Amataṃ tesaṃ viraddhaṃ, yesaṃ kāyagatā sati viraddhā.Amataṃ tesaṃ aviraddhaṃ, yesaṃ kāyagatā sati aviraddhā.Amataṃ tesaṃ aparibhuttaṃ, yesaṃ kāyagatā sati aparibhuttā.Amataṃ tesaṃ paribhuttaṃ, yesaṃ kāyagatā sati paribhuttā. “Those who have missed mindfulness of the body, have missed nibbāna. Those who have not … Continue reading Continue reading

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An Aspiration

Jacob Needleman, always a servant of the Good, the True and the Beautiful, posted these words on the body, on his blog, at http://jacobneedleman.com/blog/ “And what we are seeking is a body, a life on earth, in which our actions … Continue reading Continue reading

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In Whatever We are Doing

Continuing with MN 119, Kāyagatāsati Sutta… In the following passage I took the liberty of replacing the usual “carrying her robe and bowl” with a more neutral reference, “in respect of clothing.” “Furthermore, seekers, a practitioner is fully aware when … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mindfulness of the Fragility of the Body.

Going into hospital this week for a small operation on this body. How fragile, how vulnerable, it is to the illnesses typical of old age. I think of that description by the Buddha of his body before he died. Ananda … Continue reading Continue reading

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