Posted by David S. (22.214.171.124) on October 14, 2000 at 05:27:57:
In Reply to: Another 1 posted by Craig D on October 13, 2000 at 16:41:52:
It's a useful tool. Without our body, or without at least some subtle form, we cannot practice. If we feel aversion to the body, that shows that we attach to the idea of a self and are trying to attain something (attach to the idea of gain and loss). We feel we are somehow limited by the body.
I suspect most of us here (including myself) hold on to the idea of a self, but we can lessen that delusion and attachment by contemplating the body just as it is - impermanent, not-self, and unsatisfactory. Unsatisfactory does not mean BAD. It just means that it does not provide a lasting pleasure or happiness. the body is useful and necessary as long as one have not attained Nirvana. Some teachers say that inorder to attain Nirvana the body must be in good health as well. If so, that's just the way it is.
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