The body is given by the parents, thus one inherits characteristics from them. There are nine portals in a human body 35 that different kinds of impurity constantly flow through. The body is a brief combination of the four elements 36 which eventually must disintegrate.
Thus, the wise know that the body is an illusion, and although he is alive, he treats his body as if he were dead. He only uses this illusory body to learn about Tao and to practice Tao. That is to awaken to “the body is empty”. Continue reading “76. What are “the body is empty,” “the heart is empty,” “the soul is empty,” and “the Dharma is empty?” (& Q77)”