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Canonical Source of Posture

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Astus
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Canonical Source of Posture

Postby Astus » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:01 am

Is there anywhere a detailed description (legs, back, hands, head, etc.) of the sitting posture in the Pali Canon? If not, what is the earliest source?

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Re: Canonical Source of Posture

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:08 am

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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Canonical Source of Posture

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:13 am

The earliest source I know if is the text Ben shared although believe the commentary by Upotissa Thera "The Path of Freedom" has a more detailed description and would be the earliest post canonical work I know of.
just checked the index and there isn't a more detailed description, must of been thinking of the visudhimagga.
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Re: Canonical Source of Posture

Postby DAWN » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:23 am


Also in DN2: Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life

"Endowed with this noble aggregate of virtue, this noble restraint over the sense faculties, this noble mindfulness and alertness, and this noble contentment, he seeks out a secluded dwelling: a forest, the shade of a tree, a mountain, a glen, a hillside cave, a charnel ground, a jungle grove, the open air, a heap of straw. After his meal, returning from his alms round, he sits down, crosses his legs, holds his body erect, and brings mindfulness to the fore."
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