Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/29/2019

The Imperfectability of the Body

As I become more interested and involved in conditioning my physical body it helps to remember that work done here is only useful if it’s in service to the cultivation of the heart and mind. I could lose 15 pounds, get ripped and still have nothing to show for it but a mass of rotting flesh when life leaves this corpse. What’s worse, if exercise and physical training leafs to infatuation and attachment, my destination in the next life may very well be worse than if I had done nothing at all.

384 “The beautiful chariots of kings wear out,

This body too undergoes decay.

But the Dhamma of the good does not decay:

So the good proclaim along with the good.”

-Samyutta Nikaya

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