Thai Forest Dhamma

in the tradition of Lungphu Mun Bhuridatto

and his western disciples

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Dhamma talk given byAjahn Martin
TitleConstantly worried about the body
Date29 Mar 2014
LocationWat Pa Baan Mai
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In the practice, constantly worried about the body (too hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, tired etc.) “ We have not understood the nature of the body”. Methods of body contemplation: 1- Investigate/compare what this body gave you and what you have to do for it every day (feed it, cloth it, put it so rest, heal it) since you're born. “ This body is really needy like a child, what does it bring us ? Except worries about death, sickness etc.?” 2- Investigation of body parts: Dirtiness of the nails/hair/teeth/skin when you don't look after them. Remove the skin and look what is below: flesh, blood, pus etc. Look at the stomach and the food you ate. Zoom in on the skin: the pores, the fat underneath. “ The skin is the big deceiver” 3- Disassemble the body and reassemble it again and again. Cut it into bit and pieces. “Where is the body? Is that mine?” 4 – Seeing the 4 elements (earth / water / fire / air): see the elements in the body parts, “what is the nature of this body?” Seeing disintegration of the body. Body contemplation brings anger, it undermines the power of the kilesas. Need good concentration to visualize the body parts.