Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

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Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby bodom » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:12 pm

I would like to undertake the Satipatthana contemplation of viewing a corpse. Now in this day and age it is not possible to sit in a charnel ground to do so. There are some modern meditation teachers who recommend viewing autopsy's and such and also dead animals (Ledi Sayadaw). I am worried about the morality of viewing dead bodies online. Some sites are very questionable and i would like to find one that is specifically created for the Satipatthana contemplation of viewing a corpse. I was wondering how others here practice this contemplation and if there are certain websites or other ways of practicing this contemplation that you find helpful. Thank you.

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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby bodom » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:16 pm

I came across this website. It does not seem vulgar or out to glorify death at all and think this could be helpful to the contemplation. If this is at all offensive or wrong to post please remove. Please share your thoughts.

http://silentmindopenheart.org/docs/cem ... html#Index

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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:21 pm

bodom_bad_boy wrote:I came across this website. It does not seem vulgar or out to glorify death at all and think this could be helpful to the contemplation. If this is at all offensive or wrong to post please remove. Please share your thoughts.

http://silentmindopenheart.org/docs/cem ... html#Index

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This series of photos is often recommended by teachers for corpse decomposition practice.
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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby bodom » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:25 pm

pink_trike wrote:
bodom_bad_boy wrote:I came across this website. It does not seem vulgar or out to glorify death at all and think this could be helpful to the contemplation. If this is at all offensive or wrong to post please remove. Please share your thoughts.

http://silentmindopenheart.org/docs/cem ... html#Index

:namaste:

This series of photos is often recommended by teachers for corpse decomposition practice.


Very good! I am glad i came across this. Thank you trike.

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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:56 pm

These photos used to be a lot more difficult to find. It's true that we now live in an open-source world. :smile:

I think it is a good idea to have a regular student/teacher relationship when undertaking this practice - if you don't have this, I invite you to discuss your experience with this practice here at Dhamma Wheel.
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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:03 pm

The Five Subjects of Frequent Recollection:

1. I am subject to aging. Aging is unavoidable.

2. I am subject to illness. Illness is unavoidable.

3. I am subject to death. Death is unavoidable.

4. I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.

5. I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and live dependent on my actions. Whatever I do, for good or for ill, to that will I fall heir.
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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:09 pm

The Supreme Meditation:

http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?o ... ew&id=1792

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LIving in the Light of Death - On the Art of Being Truly Alive by Larry Rosenberg

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Light-Deat ... 482&sr=8-1
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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:22 pm

These two books are excellent aids to corpse decomposition awareness practice:

Life in Relation to Death by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche:

http://www.amazon.com/Relation-Death-Ch ... 977&sr=8-1

and...

Making Friends with Death - A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality by Judith Leaf

http://www.amazon.com/Making-Friends-De ... 081&sr=1-1

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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby clw_uk » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:34 pm

Thanks for finding this site, i have been wanting to get some images to start this practice (my imagination doesnt seem to have same effect)

Ive been looking for images for a while but have been worried about what sites i would be going on


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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby clw_uk » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:03 pm

Rupa really isnt that nice is it :jumping:
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Re: Satipatthana contemplation of a corpse

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:05 pm

Not nice. Not not nice. Just what is.
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