The purpose of this meditation is to generate a strong concentrated awareness of my lack of having an independent, inherently existent body.

I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation, and the went through the same meditation as yesterday. For details of the contemplation, please see yesterday’s post.

bodyMy conclusion was that my body was a mere idea. It is a name that I give to a group of other appearances, but other than this name, there is nothing there. What is a name? It is not a written word – that is notation, not the thing itself. Could the name be a sound, when I utter the words ‘my body’? No, the sound is just a sound, it is not my body and it is not the name of my body. I concluded that my body is actually a thought; an idea.

My body is a mere idea. It appears when the causes are in place, like when I am contemplating my aggregates, but it has no real existence. It exists in the same way that a mirage of water on the ground exists on a warm day. When I look across flat ground on a warm day, I cannot help but see what looks like water. It is completely ‘there’, vivid and ‘real’. If someone stands next to me and also looks in that direction, they can see the water just as clearly. But both of us are wrong. The water is an illusion and if we look for it by going to where it seems to be, we will not find the water.

In the same way, my body appears vividly to me, and (it seems to appear) vividly to others too. I cannot help but see my body clearly appearing. But I KNOW it does not exist in the way it appears to. I focused on this knowledge, and a space-like emptiness appeared where I would normally see my body. It was completely replaced by this emptiness, and I foucsed on it for the rest of the meditation.

Dedication

May all living beings realise that their body is mere illusion, a mere idea, completely devoid of inherent existence, and through this may they abide in emptiness, and attain the final nirvana.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to maintain this space-like awareness of my body throughout the day.