Greetings everyone, through my own searching I have failed to resolve a question regarding meditation on foulness so I thought I might post it here. I am an intensely visual person and so lustful for form. It occurred to me that my capacity for visualization might work equally well against lust if I could use it to retain the imagery prescribed by the Buddha as an antidote for lust.
I have found that actual images (photographs, video, or actual witnessing) seem to have an extremely powerful influence on me, but in our modern society it is not acceptable to seek out such things because of the widespread misunderstanding of how they are used in Buddhist practice. I am confident that embedding such imagery in my mind will facilitate proper meditation on foulness (right now my mind lacks the muscle to conjure up and retain such imagery by itself).
I considered seeking out medical books, which might be an acceptable venue for this kind of material, but it was harder than I thought to find the right images. Another technique I've used and highly recommend is time-lapse video of decay, but again, the material appropriate for my purpose is sort of hard to come by. Of course this approach is not meant to supplant unprompted meditation on foulness, but simply aid a beginning meditator. Does anyone have an opinion on the following?
1) Do you think the Buddha would have approved of this method for those whose concentration is still extremely weak? Given that monks were often advised to visit charnel grounds I am inclined to think this modern approach might be a good start.
2) Are there Buddhists today already integrating video and photography into their practice for this purpose?
3) Do you have any advice on what approach I might take?
Thank you kindly for your thoughts on my question.