A Study of the Kāyagatāsati Sutta and Related Texts Concerning Buddhist Meditation Practice


Thesis Title : A Study of the Kāyagatāsati Sutta and
Related Texts Concerning Buddhist
Meditation Practice
Researcher : Meas Savoeun (Sumedho)
Degree : Master of Arts (Buddhist Studies)
Thesis Supervisory Committee: Assist. Prof. Dr. Phra Suthithammanuwat
Pali IX, M.A., Ph.D.
: Dr. Phra Srisitthimuni
Pali IX, M.A., Ph.D.
: Phra Rajasitthimuni
Pali IX, M.A.
Date of Graduation : 23/08/2010
Abstract
The present thesis is a case study with respect to an analytical
study based on the Kāyagatāsati Sutta of Majjhima Nikāya; in particular
to study the Kāyāgatāsati principles which are closely relevant to other
sources appearing mainly in the four Nikāyas of the Suttanta Piṭaka. This
thesis work has consisted of the following three objectives, namely: (i) To
analytically study the concepts of kāyagatāsati and related texts to other
sources in the Pali Canon, (ii) To study the development of
kāyānupassanā as an approach to the understanding of its reality, and (iii)
To analytically compare and contrast the two relative to samathavipassanā practices; and apply into the daily life practice so as to achieve
its ultimate goal.
The general concepts of kāyagatāsati related to other sources as
appearing in Buddhist texts, either in the Buddhist canonical texts or in
the other Buddhist texts, have been analyzed for a better understanding in
the way of systematic and academic writing. Through studying in detail,
this research work has broadly dealt with a large number of Buddhist
doctrines and Pali terms, particularly the Pali terms using in this research
work, which are rarely found in the Kāyagatāsati Sutta. Moreover,
through carrying on writing the related items, the relevant sources of the
certain Buddhist texts, both in the early-canonical texts and the postcanonical literature have been accordingly examined.iii
The discovered related data was studied from the discourse itself
and other related Buddhist texts as an approach to the clear understanding
of reality by means of the development of Buddhist meditations (i.e., the
tranquility and insight meditation) through the principles of kāyagatāsati
practice. On the other hand, significant data was found in this present
work to give a clear comprehension on the applicable aspects based on
the discourse and other related texts, particularly in the other two main
discourses of the Satipaṭṭhāna described in detail including the
contemplation of the physical body (kāyānupassanā) used also as a
synonymous term with kāyagatāsati. In order to make sure that my
exploration and research work of the Kāyagatāsati Sutta is generally
relevant to both theoretical aspects and practical techniques of Buddhist
meditations: this research work has found that the kāyagatāsati is
basically characterized as various aspects of Buddhist meditation
practices, such as the mindfulness of breathing, the bodily postures and
daily activities, the four elements of the body, the thirty-two parts of the
body, the repulsive nature of the body either internally or externally by
way of the nine charnel ground contemplations, etc.
The kāyagatāsati practice in a correct way may give rise to lots
of benefits, that which gained from a suitability of samatha-vipassanā
development into a daily life of practice. Thus, with the right
understanding of its practical technique, as a good result it will give rise
to a supreme fruitfulness and leading to the supreme sense of urgency, to
the supreme liberation, to the attainment of insight and vision, and to the
real happiness of life here and now. Therefore, this present thesis in
chapter V has drawn some suggestions as well for any additional
research, which will be a useful and beneficial for future research work

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