Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/03/2018

Body Offering

Offering of OrgansI gave in yesterday and failed to keep pure brahmacariya. The belief that doing so would somehow release the pressure and save me from worse deeds in the future definitely under girded the act but I can now see how foolish that was. My mind is more aflame now than it was before and it will take some time to contain the flames.

One thing that I have played with is the idea of offering each of my body parts to beings as a contemplation. On a silver platter I offer my head hair, on another body hair, nails on another, teeth, skin and so forth. The image of my disintegrating corpse offering pieces of itself to hungry ghosts, animals and demons is enough to immediately chasten me and help return some clarity to the mind. In some ways it’s an extension of chöd practice but for now its freshness is just what’s needed to do the job.

Thirty-Two Parts of the Body

Handa mayaṃ kāyagatā-sati-bhāvanā-pāṭhaṃ bhaṇāma se:

Ayaṃ kho me kāyo,

Uddhaṃ pādatalā,

Adho kesa-matthakā,

Taca-pariyanto,

Pūro nānappakārassa asucino,

Atthi imasmiṃ kāye:

Kesā

Lomā

Nakhā

Dantā

Taco

Maṃsaṃ

Nahārū

Aṭṭhī

Aṭṭhimiñjaṃ

Vakkaṃ

Hadayaṃ

Yakanaṃ

Kilomakaṃ

Pihakaṃ

Papphāsaṃ

Antaṃ

Antaguṇaṃ

Udariyaṃ

Karīsaṃ

Matthake matthaluṅgaṃ

Pittaṃ

Semhaṃ

Pubbo

Lohitaṃ

Sedo

Medo

Assu

Vasā

Kheḷo

Siṅghāṇikā

Lasikā

Muttaṃ

Evam-ayaṃ me kāyo:

Uddhaṃ pādatalā,

Adho kesa-matthakā,

Taca-pariyanto,

Pūro nānappakārassa asucino.

Let us now recite the passage on mindfulness immersed in the body.

This body of mine,

from the soles of the feet on up,

from the crown of the head on down,

surrounded by skin,

filled with all sorts of unclean things.

In this body there is:

Hair of the head,

Hair of the body,

Nails,

Teeth,

Skin,

Flesh,

Tendons,

Bones,

Bone marrow,

Spleen,

Heart,

Liver,

Membranes,

Kidneys,

Lungs,

Large intestines,

Small intestines,

Gorge,

Feces,

Brain,

Gall,

Phlegm,

Lymph,

Blood,

Sweat,

Fat,

Tears,

Oil,

Saliva,

Mucus,

Oil in the joints,

Urine.

Such is this body of mine:

from the soles of the feet on up,

from the crown of the head on down,

surrounded by skin,

filled with all sorts of unclean things.


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