Asceticism

Disgust for the body is an expression of attachment and disdain for the body is unbalanced. To regard the body as other than enlightenment itself is the view of an unenlightened being. To say that the body – samsara, rebirth – is illusory and therefore has no ground is just another illusory perception. Hurting the body violates the precept against harming living beings. The experience of the body is the experience of being/non-being itself. The mindstream does not disappear upon enlightenment. Therefore, the “body” – in the largest sense (which is not antithetical to anything) – the non-self’s self-sense of its own reflexive being – is endless. Ask yourself: What does the universe feel like?

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