Dhamma Letter No. 102
Satipatthana 26: Kayanupassana 몸관찰17 : Reflection on Repulsiveness 2
Here, the word against disgust (repulsiveness) refers to the realm of wisdom outside the world. It changes the way you look at the world.
Earlier, in Dhamma Letter no. 23, the three stages of happiness were discussed. It means seeing the limits of the material world and not contenting the joy which is called the first stage of happiness through the fulfillment of desires.
The second stage of happiness, which is beyond the world of desire, can be said to be viewed from the perspective of pursuing a peaceful mind that comes from the experience of meditation in the microscopic material world or the immaterial spiritual world. It is a view from the point of view of the spiritual world that seeks to break free from the rough state of material desires, the root of suffering.
It is an observation that can lead to the wisdom that can be viewed in the realm of pure spirituality beyond the world of rough material. Since the ultimate goal of Buddhism is to achieve Nibbana (Ultimate happiness: Dhamma letter no. 56), it can be recognized that happiness in the first stage driven by worldly desires is inevitably impermanent and unsatisfactory. This reflective meditation can be very helpful when there is a volition to reach a higher state than the blissful sensation of a rough stage.
By observing the unclean parts of the body, we can recognize the animal and material elements of humans.
When observing each part, you can know the discomfort or disease caused by imbalance through the sensory feeling of the body, and you can expand the area of treatment yourself. By understanding your body, you can observe yourself objectively and find the right balance.
When you intensively observe how your body is structured and what phenomena it creates, you can put away your attachment to your body and recreate yourself in a peaceful state.
Therefore, this is a part connected to the next observation of the four elements of matter and meditation on death.
In the next Dhamma Letter, I will introduce Samatha and Vipassana meditation in short through observation of 32 parts of the body.
To be continued...
May you cultivate your Sati continuously (Samma-Viriya)!
May you develop the wisdom through Satipatthāna (vipassana meditation)!
May all practice well and reach to Magga (道, the path of enlightenment) and Phala(果, the fruit of enlightenment)!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
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