Contemplation of the Body – 1 of the 4 Applications of Mindfulness by Master Hsuan Hua

Ultimately, is the body real?
Stupid people think so, but wise people see it merely as a combination of the four elements – earth, air, fire, and water.  It is not ultimate.
“Then,” you ask, “what is ultimate?”
  • Our own self-nature is bright and all-illumining;
  • Our own-self-nature is perfect and unimpeded.
  • It is nowhere and nowhere is it not.
  • To the end of empty space, it exhausts the Dharma Realm.
Our bodies are temporary dwellings where our self-nature comes to live for a time. But the person dwelling in the hotel is not the hotel, and in the same way, his body is not him. The traveller who thinks that he is the hotel is mistaken. If you know that the body is just like a hotel, you should seek that which dwells within it, for once you have found it, you will recognize your true self.
The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra.  With Commentaries of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.  The Preface, p63-64
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