Analyzing the body

Analyzing the body

Part of a series of teachings on Shantideva’s explanation of the four establishments of mindfulness in Chapter 9 of Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds. These teachings followed directly after extensive teachings on A Presentation of the Establishment of Mindfulness, a text by Gyalwa Chokyi Gyaltsen.

  • Verses 83-87 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds
  • Review of labelling the body based on the collection of the parts
  • How calling the parts of the bodybody” is a wrong consciousness
  • Anything that is whole (composed of parts) lacks true existence
  • The body is like a dream (mere appearance), but we develop attachment or aversion by appearances and our own perceptions

Establishment of Mindfulness 29 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.