Seeing the Body
as it Really IS Disables Desire!
The Buddha explained how to regard the body in
order to reduce greed:
Whether going or standing, sitting or lying, bending or stretching, then one
should note fully aware: this is movement of the body, which is a frame of
bones joined with sinews, plastered with skin and flesh, full of intestines,
stomach, liver, bladder, heart, lungs, kidneys, spleen, slime, mucus, sweat,
pus, lymph, blood, joint-fluid, bile, and fat. Filth oozes from its nine
tears, earwax, snot, spittle, vomit, bile, urine, semen, and excrement. Sweat
and dirt sticks to the body, and its hollow skull is filled with a fatty
Only a fool, overwhelmed by ignorance, regards it as beautiful, but when it
lies dead, swollen up, and bluish, cast away, eaten by dogs, jackals, wolves,
worms, crows, and vultures nobody cares anymore about it.
This impure, and
evil-smelling two-meters body is cherished by many, and adored as a temple.
However: Whoever would be proud of such a body, or would belittle others
for their less attractive body, what is this, except lack of genuine
The Bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, having heard the Buddha's word,
indeed understands it, for he sees this body as it really is. As this corps
so is that body of mine also, understanding this, one can relinquish desire
for the body, both one's own, and other's. Having eliminated desire, lust &
Bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, has arrived at the undying,
at imperturbable peace, at the unshakable state of quenching.
On this radical
method to cure greed: Meditation
on Disgust (Asubha):
Good autopsy video of