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IV: 1 Concentrate on your body

A group of bhikkhus, after accompanying the Buddha to a village, returned to the Jetavana monastery. In the evening, while the bhikkhus were talking about the trip, especially the condition of the land, whether it was level or hilly, or whether the soil was clayey or sandy, red or black, etc., the Buddha visited them. Knowing the subject of their talk, he said, 'Bhikkhus, the earth you are talking about is external to the body; it is better, indeed, to examine your own body and strive to understand what this body is.'

The Buddha added that through understanding oneself, a bhikkhu would be able to understand this world, heaven and hell. He also would be able to realise the sublime Dhamma, which is like a garland arranged by an expert garland maker.

Reflecting mindfully on the advice given, that group of bhikkhus purified their minds of all mental impurities and attained Sainthood.

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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