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Experiencing Danger removes false Complacency of Safety!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
What, Ananda, is the experience of Danger?
Here the Bhikkhu considers thus: Truly, this body is prone to sickness, full of
countless painful Dangers. Many kinds of suffering arise in this body, such as:
Diseases of eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, head, mouth, tooth-ache, pneumonia,
asthma, colds, angina, fever, belly ache, fainting, diarrhoea, kidney failure,
cholera, leprosy, arthritis, psoriasis, tuberculosis, epilepsy, anaemia, scabies,
ring-worm, psychosis, bilious jaundice, diabetes, strokes & palsy, cancer, piles,
boils, fistulas, diseases brought about by cold, heat, starvation, disturbed or
failing excretion, disharmonic living, climatic changes, environmental pollution,
accidents, social unrest, stress, violence or due to kamma! Thus does he live
while regularly experiencing the inherent Danger of having a physical body.
This is the experience of Danger.

The experience of Danger is one of the 18 principal insights:

The rewards are:
1: Realistic sensation of acute urgency.
2: Disables risky
reliance on what is neither safe, nor lasting.
3: Complete cure of the naive intoxication of youth, beauty, and success!

Source (edited extract):
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikāya AN 10:60, AN V 108ff.
Girimananda Sutta

The Experience of Danger!

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