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Virtuous BodiesThe Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics$
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Susanne Mrozik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305005.001.0001

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 Foul Bodies

 Foul Bodies

An Ascetic Discourse on Bodies

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Virtuous Bodies

Susanne Mrozik (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates how even an apparently negative discourse on bodies serves the Compendium of Training's purpose of producing bodhisattvas with bodies that have transformative effects on others. It shows that in spite of their differences, the ascetic and physiomoral discourses on bodies share the same end: producing bodhisattvas with bodies capable of ripening others. These are the bodies of well-disciplined monastics whose very features, postures, and movements instantiate for others their moral achievement. If these bodhisattvas reach the end of their path, they too will materialize the most virtuous body of all, namely, that of a buddha.

Keywords:   Compendium of Training, Vakkali, Buddha, bodies, Buddhist literature, ascetic discourse, physiomoral discourse, monastics

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