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XIII:3 Meditation on a mirage

On one occasion, a few hundred bhikkhus went into the forest to practice meditation. But as they made very slow progress, they decided to return to the Buddha to ask for a suitable subject of meditation. On their way to the monastery, they saw a mirage and started to meditate on it. As soon as they entered the compound of the monastery, a storm broke out. As big drops of rain fell, bubbles were formed on the ground and soon disappeared. Seeing those bubbles, the bhikkhus reflected 'This body of ours is perishable like these bubbles', and perceived the impermanent nature of component things (khandhas).

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

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