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Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S4.1 Calming Bodily Formation

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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 concept of bodily formation.

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Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S4.1 Calming Bodily Formation

  1. 1. What is “Experiencing the whole body”? Definitions in the Suttas and CommentariesĀnāpānassati Sutta MN 118, Visuddhimagga, [ 阿毘達 磨 ] 大毘婆沙論 Abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣā-śāstra 1
  2. 2. What is “the whole body”?1. kāyesu Among bodies, monks, kāyaññatarāhaṃ, this is a body, I say, bhikkhave, evaṃ namely, in-breath & vadāmi yadidaṃ — out-breath. assāsapassāsā. Ānāpānassati Sutta MN 118He trains: “I shall breathe in making known, makingclear, the beginning, middle and end of the entirebody of in-breath...” Visuddhimagga (circa 430 CE)
  3. 3. What is “the whole body”? When mindfulnesss of breathing is not yet accomplished, one observes in-and-out-breath as entering and getting out by the nose. When mindfulnesss of breathing is accomplished, one observes breath as entering and getting out through all the pores of the body, which is like a lotus root.[ 阿毘達磨 ] 大毘婆沙論 Abhidharma-mahāvibhāṣā-śāstra (circa 150 CE)
  4. 4. What is “Calming thebodily formation”?Definitions in the SuttasCūḷavedalla Sutta MN 44, DutiyaKāmabhū Sutta SN 41.6, Rahogata Sutta SN 36.11 4
  5. 5. What Is Bodily Formation?1. Assāsapassāsā kho, In-breath & out-breath, āvuso visākha, friend Visākha, is bodily kāyasaṅkhāro... formation... Cūḷavedalla Sutta MN 442. Assāsapassāsā kho, In-breath & out-breath, gahapati, householder, is bodily kāyasaṅkhāro... formation... DutiyaKāmabhū Sutta SN 41.6
  6. 6. What is “the whole body”?‘citta·saṅkhāra·paṭi·saṃ· “Experiencing the mental forma-vedī assasissāmī’ti sikkhati, tion I shall breathe in,” he trains;‘citta·saṅkhāra·paṭi·saṃ· “Experiencing the mental forma-vedī passasissāmī’ti sikkhati; tion I shall breathe out,” he trains;‘passambhayaṃ citta· “Calming the mental formation Isaṅkhāraṃ assasissāmī’ti shall breathe in,” he trains;sikkhati,‘passambhayaṃ citta· “Calming the mental formation Isaṅkhāraṃ passasissāmī’ti shall breathe out,” he trains.sikkhati. Ānāpānassati Sutta MN 118
  7. 7. How Is Bodily Formation Calmed?1. catutthaṃ jhānaṃ For one who has attained samāpannassa the fourth jhāna, in-breath assāsapassāsā & out-breath have ceased... niruddhā honti...2. catutthaṃ jhānaṃ For one who has attained samāpannassa the fourth jhāna, in-breath & assāsapassāsā out-breath have calmed paṭippassaddhā down... honti... Rahogata Sutta SN 36.11
  8. 8. Paṭippassaddhā & PassambhayaṃPaṭippassaddhā ispast participle ofpaṭippassambhati Pati + pa + sambhati (from √sambhū) = to calm downPassambhayaṃ = pa + sambhati (from √sambhū)passambhayanto is = to calmpresent participle ofcausative of pa + sambhayati (frompassambhati √sambhū + ṇe) = to make calm

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