Contemplation of the Body (kāyānupassanā)

The Satipaṭṭhānasutta - Pāli Text, English Translation and Commentary by Pemasiri Thera - Tamara Ditrich

Tamara Ditrich [+-]
University of Ljubljana
Tamara Ditrich has taught and researched at several universities in Australia and Europe, and is currently Professor of Indian Studies at the University of Ljubljana. Her areas of interest include Buddhist Studies, Sanskrit language, and Vedic philology, while her current research focuses mainly on Theravāda Buddhism.

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Chapter 2 presents the contemplation of the body (kāya); a major focus here is on the mindfulness of breathing. Special attention is paid to the interpretation of an enigmatic recurring passage in the Satipaṭṭhānasutta, instructing meditators to approach contemplation in different ways (i.e., contemplating either internally or externally or both, while paying attention to the arising or passing away of phenomena or both). Following on from this, other areas of the contemplation of the body are discussed: mindfulness of ways of movement (i.e., walking, standing, sitting, lying down) and clear comprehension of bodily activities. The last section discusses areas of mindfulness less practised today: the troublesomeness of the body, the four material elements along with an understanding of materiality in Buddhism and, finally, comments on contemplation of dead bodies.

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Ditrich, Tamara. Contemplation of the Body (kāyānupassanā). The Satipaṭṭhānasutta - Pāli Text, English Translation and Commentary by Pemasiri Thera. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800503946. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44663. Date accessed: 14 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44663. Aug 2024

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