|This year, rise above it (AB).|
- learning how to meditate on repugnant objects,
- devoting oneself to the meditation on the repugnant,
- guarding the sense doors,
- moderation in eating,
- noble friendship,
- suitable conversation (Commentary to the Satipatthana Sutra).
|What? Don't judge me! I'm a big boned BBW.|
(b) The loathsomeness of the body
|Beauty is skin deep. What's inside?|
"There is in this body: hair of the head, hair of the body, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, pleura, spleen, lungs, intestines, bowels, stomach, excrement, bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, lymph, saliva, mucus, fluid of the joints, urine (and the brain in the skull)" (MN 10).
(c) Various contemplations
3. Guarding the sense doors
|Hey, look over at me. I want you to see me.|
If one's sense of sight were left uncontrolled [unguarded], covetousness, grief, and other harmful, unwholesome states would flow in.
Therefore, one practices for the sake of its control; one watches over the sense of sight; one enters upon its control. Having heard a sound... smelled a scent... tasted a savor... felt a touch... cognized a mental object, one does not seize upon its (delusive) general appearance as a whole... one enters upon its control (SN 35:120).
4. Moderation in eating
|I eat dead bodies.|
5. Noble friendship
|Were you thinking of eating me?|
6. Suitable conversation
|You mean, what I talk about has something to do with my success in meditation?|
With due alterations this explanation holds true also for the other Five Hindrances (sensual craving, ill will, restlessness-remorse, sloth-torpor, skeptical doubt).
"Talk which is low, coarse, worldly, not noble, not salutary, not leading to detachment, not leading to freedom from passion, not to cessation, not to tranquillity, not to higher-knowledge, not to enlightenment, not to nirvana, namely, talk about rulers, robbers, and ministers, talk about armies, dangers, and war, about food and drink, clothes, couches, garlands, perfumes, relatives, cars, villages, towns, cities, and provinces, about women and wine, gossip of the street and of the well, talk about the ancestors, about various trifles, tales about the origin of the world and the ocean, talk about what happened and what did not happen -- such and similar talk I shall not entertain." Thus, one is [mindful and] clearly conscious about it.
|Bhutan: Let's change the subject. What if we talk about meditation? (Donnatella Venturi)|
- One-pointedness of mind, of the Factors of Absorption (jhana-anga);
- Mindfulness, of the Five Spiritual Faculties (indriya);
- Mindfulness, of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment (bojjhanga).