Awarewolf wrote:Has anyone here tried spending time aware of the brain? As a body part? Like you would the feet in walking or the nostrils in breathing?
Does anyone have thoughts on this?
Awarewolf wrote:Has anyone here tried spending time aware of the brain? As a body part?
The Buddha taught to see the body in the body. What does this mean? We are all familiar with the parts of the body such as hair, nails, teeth and skin. So how do we see the body in the body? If we recognize all these things as being impermanent, unsatisfactory and not-self, that's what is called 'seeing the body in the body.' Then it isn't necessary to go into detail and meditate on the separate parts. It's like having fruit in a basket. If we have already counted the pieces of fruit, then we know what's there, and when we need to, we can pick up the basket and take it away, and all the pieces come with it. We know the fruit is all there, so we don't have to count it again.
Having meditated on the thirty-two parts of the body, and recognized them as something not stable or permanent, we no longer need to weary ourselves separating them like this and meditating in such detail. Just as with the basket of fruit - we don't have to dump all the fruit out and count it again and again. But we do carry the basket along to our destination, walking mindfully and carefully, taking care not to stumble and fall.
When we see the body in the body, which means we see the Dhamma in the body, knowing our own and others' bodies as impermanent phenomena, then we don't need detailed explanations
Continued : http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/About_Being_Careful.php
reflection wrote:The suttas contain 31 body parts, correct me if I'm wrong.
Is there any more specific guidance on contemplation of the body in the canon?
Samma wrote:... 32 parts is essentially a foulness contemplation, as those are the parts that tend to break down, get diseased, etc.
Visuddhimagga also mentions this contemplation as suitable for concentration...
mal4mac wrote:The 'sack of beans metaphor' is a difficult one for me to process. The human body is not open at both ends (at least not in a way in which the 'beans' can pour out for your inspection!)
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