The Discourse about the
Ways of Attending to Mindfulness

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Contemplation of the Body

The Section about the Postures

Moreover, monks, a monk while going knows “I go”; This is where the idea that sati is mere awareness breaks down irretrievably, because as the commentary says: even animals like dogs and jackals know they are going when they are going ... but they do not uproot the perception of a self and cannot be said to be attending to mindfulness or a (proper) meditation subject. We see that mindfulness as taught here is always mindfulness of the true nature of reality, which is the liberating factor.01 or, standing he knows “I am standing”; or, sitting he knows “I am sitting”; or, while lying down he knows “I am lying down”; or, in whatever way The reduplication of the adverb gives it a distributive sense, in whatever way.02 his body is disposed, he knows it is (disposed) in that way.

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Thus he dwells contemplating (the nature of) the body in the body in regard to himself, or he dwells contemplating (the nature of) the body in the body in regard to others, or he dwells contemplating (the nature of) the body in the body in regard to himself and in regard to others, or he dwells contemplating the nature of origination in the body, or he dwells contemplating the nature of dissolution in the body, or he dwells contemplating the nature of origination and dissolution in the body, or else mindfulness that “there is a body” is established in him just as far as (is necessary for) a full measure of knowledge and a full measure of mindfulness, and he dwells independent, and without being attached to anything in the world.

In this way, monks, a monk dwells contemplating (the nature of) the body in the body.

The Section about the Postures is Finished