Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S6.1 Body Parts and the Four Elements

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This set of slides is from the Satipatthana Workshop conducted by Venerable Aggacitta at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary between July 26-29, 2012.

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These slides cover the four elements.

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Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S6.1 Body Parts and the Four Elements

  1. 1. Body Parts & Elementsin Dhātuvibhaṅga Sutta (MN 140)
  2. 2. Earth Element… head hairs, body hairs … feaces, or anythingelse internal, within oneself, that’s hard, solid,and sustained [by craving]: This is called theinternal earth element. Now both the internalearth element & the external earth element aresimply earth element. And that should be seen asit has occurred with right paññā: ‘This is notmine, this is not me, this is not my self.’ 2
  3. 3. Water Element… bile, phlegm … urine, or anything else internal,within oneself, that’s water, watery, & sustained[by craving]: This is called the internal waterelement. Now both the internal water element &the external water element are simply waterelement. And that should be seen as it hasoccurred with right paññā: ‘This is not mine, thisis not me, this is not my self.’ 3
  4. 4. Fire Element… that by which [the body] is warmed, aged, &consumed with fever; and that by which what iseaten, drunk, consumed & tasted gets properlydigested; or anything else internal, withinoneself, that’s fire, fiery, & sustained [bycraving]: This is called the internal fire element.Now both the internal fire element & the externalfire element are simply fire element. And thatshould be seen as it has occurred with rightpaññā: ‘This is not mine, this is not me, this is notmy self.’ 4
  5. 5. Wind Element… up-going winds, down-going winds, winds in thestomach, winds in the intestines, winds that coursethrough the body, in-and-out breathing, or anythingelse internal, within oneself, that’s wind, windy, &sustained [by craving]: This is called the internalwind element. Now both the internal wind element& the external wind element are simply windelement. And that should be seen as it has occurredwith right paññā: ‘This is not mine, this is not me,this is not my self.’ 5

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