Friends:

How differs Death and Ceasing of Perception and Feeling?


Venerable Mahakotthita once asked Venerable Sariputta:
Friend, what is the difference between a dead body and a Bhikkhu,
who has attained the state of cessation of perception and feeling?

Venerable Sariputta then answered:
Friend, in a dead body all bodily activity is stilled, and has all ceased.
All verbal activity is stilled, and has all ceased.
all mental activity is stilled, and has all ceased.
The metabolic life activity is exhausted. The heat has dissipated,
and the mental abilities have all broken up, and been destroyed.


In the Bhikkhu
, who has attained to the cessation of perception and feeling,
All bodily activity and breathing is stilled, and has all ceased;
All verbal activity and all thinking is stilled, and has all ceased;
All mental activity and all sensing is stilled, and has completely ceased;

But the metabolic life activity is not exhausted. The heat has not dissipated.
Furthermost: The mental abilities have then become exceptionally clear ... !
Friend, this is the difference between a dead body and a Bhikkhu
, who has
attained to the meditative state of cessation of perception and feeling...



More on the profound attainment of stilled Cessation (Nirodha-samāpatti):
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/9_Stillings.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/III/Ceasing.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anupubba_nirodha.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/n_r/nirodha_samaapatti.htm



Source: Majjhima Nikāya 43 :The Great Speech of Questions and Answers.
For definitions of the Terms: See: The Minor Speech of Questions and Answers.
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/mn/mn.044.than.html

Profound Peace!
 


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