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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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Contemplating the less aesthetic side of things

Continuing with MN 119, Kāyagatāsati Sutta… In the next section of the sutta, we are invited to consider the less aesthetic aspects of the body. This hardly needs any commentary. Two easy observations arise, straight away: a culture which is … 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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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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Breathing with Whole Body

So, in the Kāyagatā Sutta, in response to the monks’ discussion, the Buddha expands on the practice of mindfulness of the body. And to begin with he describes a person who accustoms herself to unifying breath and whole-body awareness. This … Continue reading Continue reading

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Kāyagatā Sutta (MN 119) – the Mindfulness of the Body Sutta

Mindfulness of the Body is often underrated. The disbelief or surprise – I imagine, even the skepticism – at this practice and teaching, the teaching of the power of mindfulness of the body, is hinted at in the beginning of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Touching Enlightenment

The expression ‘touching enlightenment with the body’ (used by Reggie Ray in his excellent book) is not modern; it has its antecedents in the Pali canon. (If anyone wanted to track them down, I’d refer them to Ch.4 Richard Gombrich’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mind-Made Body

In the Sāmaññaphala Sutta we read that a meditator at some stage develops a ‘mind-made body’ (manomayakaya): “And with [her] mind thus concentrated… imperturbable, [she] applies and directs her mind to the producing of a mind-made body. Out of this … Continue reading Continue reading

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Deathless

Mindfulness directed to the body is no small thing, in the Buddha’s dispensation: “They have not comprehended the Deathless who have not comprehended mindfulness directed to the body. They have comprehended the Deathless who have comprehended mindfulness directed to the … Continue reading Continue reading

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