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Buddhadharma : Spring 2006
spring 2006| 38 |buddhadharma to our destination, walking mindfully and carefully, taking care not to stumble and fall. When we see the body in the body, which means we see the dhamma in the body, knowing our own and others’ bod- ies as impermanent phenomena, then we don’t need detailed explanations. Sitting here, we have mindfulness constantly in control, knowing things as they are, and then meditation becomes quite simple. It’s the same if we meditate on buddho – if we understand what buddho really is, then we don’t need to repeat the word “buddho.” Buddho means having full knowledge and firm awareness. This is meditation. Still, meditation is generally not well understood. We practice in a group, but we often don’t know what it’s all about. Some people think meditation is really hard to do. They say, “I come to the mon- astery, but I can’t sit. I don’t have much endurance. My legs hurt, my back aches, I’m in pain all over.” So they give up on it and don’t come anymore, thinking they can’t do it. T he Buddha taught to see the body in the body. What does this mean? We are all familiar with the parts of the body, such as hair, nails, teeth, and skin. So how do we see the body in the body? If we rec- ognize all these things as being imperma- nent, unsatisfactory, and not-self, that’s what is called seeing the body in the body. Then it isn’t necessary to go into detail and meditate on the separate parts. It’s like having fruit in a basket. If we have already counted the pieces of fruit, then we know what’s there, and when we need to, we can pick up the basket and take it away, and all the pieces come with it. We know the fruit is all there, so we don’t have to count it again. Having meditated on the thirty-two parts of the body, and having recognized them as something not stable or perma- nent, we no longer need to make our- selves weary separating them like this and meditating in such detail. Just as with the basket of fruit – we don’t have to dump all the fruit out and count it again and again. But we do carry the basket along Join the great Vipassana teacher Ajahn Chah as he roams through some of Buddhism’s most important principles and practices, including the real nature of nirvana, how to practice samadhi, when good desire turns bad, why old people make better meditators, and, above all, the need to “Be really careful!” Nibbana Is Giving Up, Letting Go, and Being Free TuBTenYeshe