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Iti 85 Asubhānupassīsutta: Observing Ugliness

This was said by the Buddha, the Perfected One: that is what I heard.

“Mendicants, meditate observing the ugliness of the body. Let mindfulness of breathing be well-established internally in front of you. Meditate observing the impermanence of all conditions. As you meditate observing the ugliness of the body, you will give up desire for the body. When mindfulness of breathing is well-established internally in front of you, there will be no distressing external thoughts or wishes. When you meditate observing the impermanence of all conditions, ignorance is given up and knowledge arises.”

The Buddha spoke this matter. On this it is said:

“Observing the ugliness of the body,
mindful of the breath,
one always keen sees
the stilling of all activities.

That mendicant sees rightly,
and when freed in regards to that,
that peaceful sage, with perfect insight,
has truly slipped their yoke.”

This too is a matter that was spoken by the Blessed One: that is what I heard.


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Thig 2.1 Abhirūpanandātherīgāthā: Abhirūpanandā

Nandā, see this bag of bones as
diseased, filthy, and rotten.
With mind unified and serene,
meditate on the ugly aspects of the body.

Meditate on the signless,
give up the underlying tendency to conceit;
and when you comprehend conceit,
you will live at peace.

That is how the Buddha regularly advised the trainee nun Nandā with these verses.


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Thig 5.4 Sundarīnandātherīgāthā: Verses of the Elder Sundarīnandā

“Nandā, see this body as diseased,
impure, and rotten.
Cultivate awareness of the unattractive,
with a well-collected, one-pointed mind.

As this is, so is that,
as that is, so is this.
Only fools enjoy
the vile smell of rotten winds.”

“I looked at it in this way
relentlessly, by day and by night,
saw it for myself with wisdom,
and had a breakthrough.

I heedfully investigated
the origin of things
to accurately see this body
inside and out.

Then I was disenchanted by the body,
and I became dispassionate.
Heedful, unbound,
I am quenched and at peace.”


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