Mahakotthita once asked Venerable
Friend, what is the difference between a dead body and
who has attained the state of cessation of perception and feeling?
Sariputta then answered:
Friend, in a dead body any bodily activity is stilled and has all
The verbal activity is stilled and has all ceased.
The mental activity is stilled and has all ceased.
The metabolic life activity is exhausted. The heat has dissipated,
and the mental abilities have all broken up, and been destroyed.
In the bhikkhu,
who has attained to the cessation of perception and feeling,
All bodily activity and breathing is stilled
and has all ceased;
All verbal activity and all thinking is stilled and has all ceased;
All mental activity and all sensing is stilled and has completely
But the metabolic life activity is not exhausted. The heat has not
Furthermost: The mental abilities have then become exceptionally
clear ... !
Friend, this is the difference between a dead body and a Bhikkhu,
attained to the meditative state of cessation of perception and
More on the
profound attainment of stilled Cessation
Majjhima Nikāya 43
:The Great Speech of Questions and Answers.
For definitions of the Terms: See: The Minor Speech of Questions and
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