Unattractiveness/32 parts (asubha/dvattiṁsākāra)
Parent topics: Meditation/Techniques, Mindfulness of body
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Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2013

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13. “It seems like the 'Reflection on the 32 Parts' of the body is missing several parts...Is it meant to be comprehensive? Or is it just the ugly bits?” [Unattractiveness]

Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 37Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 25, 2014

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1. “Could you describe ways to work with delighting and wanting around the pleasure of food?” [Food] [Craving] [Happiness] [Unattractiveness] [Disenchantment] // [Elements] [Mindfulness of body] [Clinging] [Impermanence] [Dependent origination]

Sutta: AN 5.208: The benefits of chewing toothwoods. [Cleanliness]

Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 45Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 7, 2014

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6. “Did Ajahn Chah use asubha practice during his battle with lust?” [Ajahn Chah] [Sensual desire] [Unattractiveness] // [Ajahn Pasanno] [Impermanence] [Patience] [Conditionality]

Reference: Stillness Flowing by Ajahn Jayasaro, p. 81.

2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 23, 2014

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6. “You mentioned that asubha practice can cool sensual desire. But what if what you are attracted to is not so much a physical thing but an attraction of the heart—of good qualities you see. What cools the heart if you are hooked?” [Unattractiveness] [Dispassion] [Clinging]

Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 5Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jan. 10, 2015

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4. Discussion of which excercises described as mindfulness of the body (MN 10) are reflective techniques and which are based on vedanā. Led by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Mindfulness of body] [Recollection] [Feeling] // [Elements] [Unattractiveness] [Insight meditation] [Liberation]

Comment about S.N. Goenka's use of the term vedanā. Contributed by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [S. N. Goenka] [Contact] [Sense bases] [Aggregates]

Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 6Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jan. 11, 2015

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[Session] Reading: MN 119: This sutta describes the development of mindfulness of the body through mindfulness of breathing, the four postures, full awareness, bodily parts, elements, corpse contemplation, and the four jhānas. [Mindfulness of body] [Unattractiveness]

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1. “What is mesentery?” [Unattractiveness]

Reference: Abhayagiri Chanting Book, p. 37.

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2. “Why are some body parts omitted from this list?” [Unattractiveness] // [Commentaries] [Sensual desire] [Self-identity view]

Reference: Abhayagiri Chanting Book, p. 37.

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3. Comment: This reminds me of Ajahn Anan's practice. [Ajahn Anan] [Nimitta] [Unattractiveness] // [Thai Forest Tradition] [Concentration] [Sutta]

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4. “What do the Pāḷi terms translated as impurity and foulness mean?” [Pāli] [Translation] [Aversion] [Unattractiveness] // [Etymology] [Sensual desire]

Simile: MN 119.7: Sack of grains.

Comment: Words themselves like "impure" are culturally loaded. [Language] [Cultural context] [Culture/India]

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5. Comment: I find it helpful to think about all the different cells of the body. How could any of them be me? [Form] [Not-self] [Unattractiveness]

Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 7Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jan. 14, 2015

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[Session] The contemplation of the parts of the body can be used to reduce sexual craving, to still the mind, and to induce insight into the nature of the body. In the first slideshow, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo gives a brief description of the structure and function of each of the thirty-two parts. The Abhayagiri Chanting Book, p. 37 lists the thirty-two parts in Pali and English. Many of the slide show images come from 32parts.com, an internet resource for body contemplation. [Sensual desire] [Calming meditation] [Insight meditation] [Unattractiveness]

Reference: Video of the slideshow.

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1. “What is the length of an average small intestine?” [Unattractiveness]

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2. “How long does it take food to make its way through the digestive tract?” [Food] [Unattractiveness]

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3. “Is blood only red when it's outside the body?” [Unattractiveness]

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4. “Is there a biological function for tears?” [Unattractiveness] // [Emotion]

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5. “How does phlegm relate to mucus?” [Unattractiveness]

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6. Comment: When I go though the list [of the 32 parts], I separate the object from my body and evision my body with it absent. [Visualization] [Unattractiveness]

Response by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Ajahn Chah] [Unattractiveness] [Not-self] [Sensual desire] [Calming meditation] [Sloth and torpor]

Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 8Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jan. 15, 2015

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[Session] Ajahn Karuṇadhammo reviews the slideshow again with an emphasis on internal contemplation and insight. [Recollection] [Insight meditation] [Unattractiveness]

Reference: Video of the slideshow.

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1. “Why is there no liquid blood in the photographs of flesh and sinews?” [Unattractiveness]

Reference: Thirty-two parts slideshow video.

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2. “Where does a stomach ache originate from?” [Sickness] [Unattractiveness]

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3. “Is there a particular orientation for the intestines?” [Unattractiveness]

Story: Ajahn Karuṇadhammo's first surgery as a nursing student. [Health care] [Unattractiveness]

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4. “During the meditation, is it appropriate to envision the stomach itself with undigested food?” (The stomach isn't listed in the 32 parts.) [Visualization] [Food] [Unattractiveness]

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5. Comment: Perhaps the thirty-one parts were part of the medical culture at the time of the Buddha. [Unattractiveness]

Comment by Ajahn Karuṇadhammo: The brain had a lot less significance in those days. [History/Early Buddhism] [Unattractiveness]

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6. Comment: I cultivate saṁvega by contemplating the heart. [Sense of urgency] [Unattractiveness]

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7. “Why are the first five parts chosen for special contemplation?” [Unattractiveness] // [Ajahn Mun] [Sensual desire]

Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 11Ajahn Karuṇadhammo – Jan. 18, 2015

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1. “Has there been discussion of getting a skeleton for Abhayagiri?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Unattractiveness] [Abhayagiri]

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2. “Is it common for body contemplation to veer towards aversion?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Mindfulness of body] [Unattractiveness] [Aversion] [Elements] // [Translation] [Not-self] [Ajahn Chah]

Sutta: MN 62: Mahārāhulaovāda Sutta, The Greater Discourse of Advice to Rāhula.

Developing Skill in Reflective Meditation, Session 2Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno – Dec. 1, 2019

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7. “How would I apply the perception of unattractiveness in my daily life?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Unattractiveness] [Everyday life] [Recollection] // [Sensual desire] [Ageing] [Proliferation] [Dispassion] [Appropriate attention]