Bag of Bones »
Drop of Dhamma Delight!


Any body is a Dying Bag of Bones!
All formations, all constructions, mental as physical, are truly transient...
It is their nature to arise and cease right there, where they arose...
Having arisen these captivating discrete mental states instantly pass away!
The calming, stilling & ceasing of these momentary appearances is happiness.
Therefore: Even in the present every being dies millions of times per second!
So also will they die in any possible future. So have they always died...
In the same way then: I shall surely die! There is no doubt in me about this.
Uncertain is life, but certain is death. I shall surely die. Death will be the
termination of my life. Life is very insecure, but death is sure, death is certain!
Not long, alas! This my beloved puppet-like body will lie as frozen upon the earth!
Rejected, void of consciousness, disgusting, and as useless as a rotten log of wood...
This very body, from the skin soles of the feet up to the crown of the head,
is a just a bag of bones surrounded by skin, full of various mean foul impurities:
Hair of the head, hair of the body, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones,
marrow, kidneys, heart, liver, membranes, spleen, lungs, bowel, intestines,
slime, excrement, brain, bile, lymph, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, tallow, 
spit, snot, joint-fluid, and stinking urine... Just a bag of bones, flesh and skin,
 A rotten heap of Suffering... 

Keeping this precious and very realistic imagery in mind, will then gradually
reduce and weaken these violent lusts, voracious greeds and uncontrollable
wanton desires, that attract beings into self-destructive forms of suffering
such as: Porno-mania, pedophilia, HIV-transmitting sexuality, over-eating,
abuse of drugs, alcohol, and pills, all addictions to the manifold and diverse
forms, feelings, perceptions, mental constructions and variants of (doped)
consciousness... All this - though fascinating -  remains just an ensnaring and
enthralling Suffering (Dukkha), disguised as pleasure and satisfaction....

More on this Buddhist ultra-realism regarding the Death of the Body:
Kāyagatāsati, Meditation_On_the_Body, The_9_Corpse_Meditations,
Body_as_only_Form, Evil-smelling_body The_32_Parts, Foul_Frame,
Meditation_On_the_Body_Kayagata-Sati, The_Skeleton, End_Making
Body_Contemplation, Corpse_Meditation, Body_Awareness, Death,
Death_Contemplation, Game_Over, Momentary_Life, The_Problem,
Inevitable_but_not_the_End, Ageing_and_Death, Ageing_Again,

This body is always worn out, a fragile form, a nest of disease,
a rotting mass of deception, since its life surely and always
ends in Decay and Death ...
Background Story 148

Like withered leaves scattered by the autumn wind
are these pale and whitened bones. What happiness
can there ever be in them?
Background Story 149

It is a bag held up by bones, plastered with skin,
full of blood and flesh. In it lives only ageing, sickness,
death, pride and petty self-deceit...
Dhammapada Background Story 150

Source: BPS Wheel no 54 (Edited Excerpt):
The Mirror of the Dhamma. A Manual of Buddhist Devotional Texts.
By Nārada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa. Revised By Bhikkhu Khantipālo:

A Bag of Bones!

Home Index

Recommended Links
  • C and M Law Corporation are about more than dollar figures. We are about effectively helping people through our a personal injury team, unafraid to fight on their behalf against insurance companies and other big business interests. We have been a reputable Los Angeles personal injury attorney firm serving the city’s residents for over 45 years. Personal injury encompasses many types of lawsuits. Regardless of the type of accident or injury, we have the experience to successfully represent you and your family. If you or someone you know has been injured through the negligence or recklessness of others, come see us. We can help get you the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. The personal injury attorney Los Angeles firm of C and M Law Corporation has won an excess of 2 Billion Dollars in settlements!