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A question on Buddhist teaching on impermanence of the body?

Venerable Ajan Cha once explained “If the body could speak, it would be telling us day long ‘you are not my owner you know’. Actually it is telling it to us all the time, but in Dhamma language. Therefore we are unable to understand it.”
It means the body follows its own way. Sickness and Old age cannot be avoided. We can temporally take care of it and beautify it for a short time. Therefore we should not ‘worry much’ about our external appearance. Instead we should try hard to eradicate evil, cultivate god and purify our mind.
That is how I understand the teaching .What is your views?
Thank you.


  1. What the Buddha taught is in accord with the teachings of Vedanta. All mystics from all ages taught Vedanta although they did not use that term. Look into it because it is the Truth.

  2. Buddhism doesn’t mention god or its cultivation. That’s just your own belief, born of your imagination.
    This has me reflect on the interdependence of the 5 skandhas, the absence of a discreet self, and the delusion of attachment vs. the reality of impermanence.
    … but whatever bangs your gong.

  3. We don’t have to understand the depths of everything. If something is open to be understood, let it be manifest on its own; if it is hidden, let its mystery be unsought. Life has to be appreciated for what it is; not conjectured for what it should be. We simply have to be; not to be this or that. Appearances come and go; let them be unmolested as they appear and fade away.

  4. Actually, I think That Venerable Ajan Cha meant much more than that. I think he mainly refers to selflessness.
    This is a very difficult Buddhist concept to comprehend, but it is extremely important. Actually, understanding and directly realizing selflessness or emptiness is the door to reaching liberation and enlightenment.
    The Venerable mentions that the body says: ‘you are not my owner’. Because who or what would be the owner? We say; ‘I have a body’ and ‘I have a mind’. This means there must something besides the body and the mind that ‘owns’ them, but what could that be?
    We feel that our whole world revolves around what we call ‘I’ or ‘me’, but we normally never question what this ‘I’ or self really is. Once we discover the answer to this question, we will get a completely different view of the world as we perceive it, and this is the essence of what is called enlightenment. The Buddha described this new world-view as if we wake up from an illusion.
    But again, this is a very difficult subject, and don’t expect to fully understand this by reading a few lines here. Buddhists all over the world practice and meditate their entire life with as main goal to experience enlightenment themselves, but only few manage to realize it.
    Good luck with your search!


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