|The largest Buddha statue in Thailand, Wat Muang (KrunjaPhotography/flickr.com)|
|Even Araka knew: Human life is like a line drawn in the water; it quickly vanishes (WQ).|
|The Buddha weeks after enlightenment sought out and found the Five Ascetics to teach.|
|Buddhas point the way (dreamtime).|
- [the need for] defecation,
"Meditators, at present one speaking rightly might say, 'Next to nothing is the life of human beings -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one who is born here is not free of death.'
"At present, meditators, one who lives a long time is 100 years old or a little older. Living 100 years, one lives for 300 seasons: 100 seasons of cold, 100 seasons of heat, 100 seasons of rain.
"Living for 300 seasons, one lives for 1,200 months: 400 months of cold, 400 months of heat, 400 months of rain. Living for 1,200 months, one lives for 2,400 fortnights [two week periods between new and full moon phases]: 800 fortnights of cold, 800 fortnights of heat, 800 fortnights of rain.
"Living for 2,400 fortnights, one lives for 36,000 days: 12,000 days of cold, 12,000 days of heat, 12,000 days of rain.
"Living for 36,000 days, one eats 72,000 meals: 24,000 meals in the cold, 24,000 meals in the heat, 24,000 meals in the rain -- counting the taking of mother's milk and these obstacles to eating:
"When one doesn't eat due to anger, when one doesn't eat due to suffering or pain, when one doesn't eat due to being sick, when one doesn't eat due to lunar observance days (uposatha fasting days of Buddhist Eight Precept observance), when one doesn't eat due to being poor.
|Basic meditation (Ajahn Brahm/bswa.org)|
- [The actual reckoning is implied in the lifespan.]
"Over there are the roots of trees [to sit under]; over there, empty dwellings [to take up secluded residence guarding the senses]. Practice meditative absorption (jhana), meditators. Be heedful so that there is no regret later. This is the message to you."