Meditation on the Impurities of the Body

Asubha Bhāvanā, or Meditation on the Impurities of the Body is the skillful contemplation of the thirty-two impure parts of the body, in their true nature. It is a common misconception that lay people should not meditate on Asubha or the Impurities of the Body as such meditation would destroy family life and life as a lay person. However, this meditation is in fact extremely beneficial to our lives. To understand this, let’s take the example of what doctors and nurses do for a living. They see this repulsive side day in and day out and still manage to have good family lives! Asubha Bhāvanā, gives us insight into the true nature of life since our bodies are always deteriorating and impure in reality. It helps us immensely in recognizing and understanding topics such as impermanence, as well as in controlling lust and attachment towards the human body.

Sit in a comfortable position with the mind alert. Slowly reflect on these thoughts…

  1. Since head hairs on this body are rotting away, smelling, living on a filthy body, and deteriorating, head hairs are disgusting to see and touch.
  2. Since body hairs on this body are rotting away, smelling, living on a filthy body, and deteriorating, body hairs are disgusting to see and touch.
  3. Since nails on this body are rotting away, smelling, living on a filthy body, and deteriorating, nails are disgusting to see and touch.
  4. Since teeth in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, teeth are disgusting to see and touch.
  5. Since skin on this body is rotting away, smelling, living on a filthy body, and deteriorating, skin is disgusting to see and touch.
  6. Since flesh in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, flesh is disgusting to see and touch.
  7.  Since sinews in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, sinews are disgusting to see and touch.
  8. Since bones in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, Bones are disgusting to see and touch.
  9. Since bone-marrow in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, bone-marrow is disgusting to see and touch.
  10. Since kidneys in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, kidneys are disgusting to see and touch.
  11.  Since the heart in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the heart is disgusting to see and touch.
  12. Since the liver in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the liver is disgusting to see and touch.
  13. Since the diaphragm in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the diaphragm is disgusting to see and touch.
  14. Since the spleen in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the spleen is disgusting to see and touch.
  15. Since the lungs in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the lungs are disgusting to see and touch.
  16. Since the bowels in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the bowels are disgusting to see and touch.
  17. Since the small intestines in this body are rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the small intestines are disgusting to see and touch.
  18. Since the contents of the stomach in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the contents of the stomach is disgusting to see and touch.
  19. Since excrement in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, excrement is disgusting to see and touch.
  20. Since the brain in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, the brain is disgusting to see and touch.
  21. Since bile in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, bile is disgusting to see and touch.
  22. Since phlegm in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, phlegm is disgusting to see and touch.
  23. Since pus in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, pus is disgusting to see and touch.
  24. Since blood in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, blood is disgusting to see and touch.
  25.  Since sweat on this body is rotting away, smelling, living on a filthy body, and deteriorating, sweat is disgusting to see and touch.
  26. Since fat in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, fat is disgusting to see and touch.
  27.  Since tears in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, tears is disgusting to see and touch.
  28.  Since grease in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, grease is disgusting to see and touch.
  29.  Since saliva in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, saliva is disgusting to see and touch.
  30. Since mucus in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, mucus is disgusting to see and touch.
  31. Since fluid of the joints  in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, fluid of the joints  is disgusting to see and touch.
  32.  Since urine in this body is rotting away, smelling, living in a filthy body, and deteriorating, urine is disgusting to see and touch.

Meditate after Work: Nov 20 Teachings Recap

In the last few week’s folks learned five things to be recollected throughout the day and as long as life lasts till we attain Nibbana

These are the five factors
Memorize them and recollect them

(1) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to old age; I am not exempt from old age.’
(2) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to illness; I am not exempt from illness.’
(3) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to death; I am not exempt from death.’
(4) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me.’
(5) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of whatever kamma, good or bad, that I do.’

Learn the full sutta – AN 5:50 Themes

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AN 5:50 Themes

The Buddha gave us a set of five recollections for everyone to practice. He teaches us the benefit that comes from this recollection, and he explains how it leads directly to Nibbana.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

“Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a woman or a man, by a householder or one gone forth. What five?
(1) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to old age; I am not exempt from old age.’
(2) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to illness; I am not exempt from illness.’
(3) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am subject to death; I am not exempt from death.’
(4) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me.’
(5) A woman or a man, a householder or one gone forth, should often reflect thus: ‘I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of whatever kamma, good or bad, that I do.’

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Evening Buddha Vandana

Join with the Evening Chanting

Every evening the monks get together, usually around 7 pm, to have a chanting service. Often local people will join in and you are welcome as well. This is a great way to get an experience of authentic Buddhist culture. It will usually begin by placing some items on the shrine. You may be invited to place some or just touch them as they are being carried.

There may be a chanting book in English for you to follow along with. You are also welcome to just listen. Below is a recording as well as the text of the first part of the service.

After the service, you are welcome to stay and speak with monks

Meditate after Work: Oct 16 Teachings Recap

We learned how to see good in others using similes from an amazing discourse taught by Arahant Sariputta, Dutiyaāghātapaṭivinaya Sutta.

Then the devotees were reminded to control the internal sense faculties rather controlling external sense faculties from the Chacakka Sutta

A new meditation technique was taught to overcome lust, anger and delusion. That was the contemplation of our own skeleton.

Dear Dhamma friends read Karaneeyametta Sutta and try to practice those good qualities to the greatest extent possible while your at work or home for as long as life lasts.

Usually people runaway from problems leaving jobs or even leaving countries when they experience difficulties at the workplace. To overcome that problem we learned a nice story related to a woman killed in the Jetavana monastery and later how Buddha deal with it without running away even when people stopped giving Dana and kept on accusing monks.

Therefore do not to runaway from problems but instead deal with them with a confident mind. Lets continue learning & practicing at Meditate after Work.

Join us on Wednesdays @ 6.30pm to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: Oct 9 Teachings Recap

In the last program the way to act & think wisely when experiencing any kind of feeling was taught.

When you experience a pleasant feeling, if you don’t delight, praise, and keep clinging to it, will the underlying tendency to greed lie within you? No

Therefore remember stress, anxiety, depression all come together with unwise thinking but wise thinking gives you happiness, it finally gives you the blissful state of Nibbana. Read the Full Sutta Chacakka Sutta

Join us today Wednesday October 16th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 25 Teachings

Dear Dhamma friends, The Buddha taught us that we are attached and bound to the people around us, and the cause for any suffering that we experience in life is due to bonds and attachment. Without overcoming the bonds and attachments, we seek & apply solutions that leads to great sorrow and could harm our life in many ways. Therefore, to overcome bonds and to live life in a peaceful way amidst many obstacles we learned how to handle things in wise way.

Join us today Wednesday October 2nd to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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Meditate after Work: September 18 Teachings

Pemato jāyatī soko,
pemato jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Pemato vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

213. Affection gives rise to sorrow; affection gives rise to fear. For
someone released from affection, there is no sorrow; so, from what would
fear arise?

Ratiyā jāyatī soko,
ratiyā jāyatī bhayaṃ;
Ratiyā vippamuttassa,
natthi soko kuto bhayaṃ.

214. Desire gives rise to sorrow; desire gives rise to fear. For someone released from desire, there is no sorrow; so, from what would fear arise?

These two Dhammapada stanzas and Piyajataka sutta were taught to explain the Chachakka Sutta. Mainly the combination of three things, that is the contact that leads us to feel pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings. You can read the Piyajataka Sutta here and the Chachakka Sutta here.

With these things, the participants were able to learn how to deal when experiencing pleasant, unpleasant and neither unpleasant feelings.

Join us for the next program on Wednesday September 25th to continue learning the Chachakka Sutta and practice a meditation based on this sutta.

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MN 148 Chachakka Sutta: Six Sets of Six

In this sutta, the supreme Buddha explains the detailed analysis of our experiences through the six sense bases.

So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Buddha addressed the monks, “Monks!”

“Venerable sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this:

“Monks, I shall teach you the Dhamma that’s good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end, meaningful and well-phrased. And I shall reveal a spiritual practice that’s entirely full and pure, namely, the six sets of six. Listen and pay close attention, I will speak.”

“Yes, sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this:

“The six internal sense faculties should be understood. The six external sense faculties should be understood. The six classes of consciousness should be understood. The six classes of contact should be understood. The six classes of feeling should be understood. The six classes of craving should be understood.

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