Meditating to 18 Bodies (Continued from Dhamma Spheres)

Refined Bodies

Crude Human Body

Refined Human Body

Concentrate the mind further, resting still at the center of the center of the Insight (Vimutti-nanadassana) Sphere. With the right mode of mind, the center will expand and a Refined Human Body will emerge from this center. The Refined Human Body appears identical to the meditator, but is finer than the ordinary form. It sits in the regular meditation posture, facing the same direction as the meditator. In some cases, a clear crystal Buddha appears with a crown of budding lotus. The Buddha is beautiful, pure and perfect. This is Dhammakaya.

Whatever refined body is observed, concentrate with all your mind to assume or become this body. As the centers of all bodies are concentric, the mind is now right at the center of the new body. Concentrate until both the sphere and the body are bright and clear. The mind now rests still at the center of the nucleus of the new sphere, so that it is all bright and clear. As new spheres are observed, proceed in the same manner as before through the new spheres of Sila, Samadhi, Panna, Vimutti, and Vimutti-nanadassana.

 

Crude Celestial Body

Refined Celestial Body

The mind now rests still at the center of the small bright nucleus of the Insight Sphere. Then, the nucleus will expand and a new refined body will be observed. The Celestial Body arises. When the Refined Celestial Body arises, detach all your feeling from the present body to assume or become the newly refined one. Concentrate all your attention at the center until the spheres of Dhamma, Sila, Samadhi, Panna, Vimutti, and Vimutti-nanadassana are observed successively.

Crude Form Brahman Body

Refined Form Brahman Body

Continue to repeat the same procedure for further mental purification through subsequent spheres and bodies. Whenever there arises a more refined body, detach your feeling from the present body and assume or become the new refined one. Concentrate your attention at the center until the spheres of Dhamma, Sila, Samadhi, Panna, Vimutti, and Vimutti-nanadassana are observed. The (Form) Brahman Body appears next, then the Refined Brahman Body.

Crude Formless Brahman Body

Refined Formless Brahman Body

Next comes the Formless Brahman Body, followed by the Refined Formles Brahman Body.

Dhammakaya

Finally, Dhammakaya-Gotrabhu, the wisdom through which a Noble State (transcendence) is developed, is attained and seen. The lap-width, height and sphere diameter are each nine meters (10 yards). Dhammakaya-Gotrabhu is the first of ten Dhammakayas. Dhammakayas appear like diamond Buddha statues, crowned with a budding lotus. They are luminous, radiant and as clear as a pure, perfect, first-rate diamond. As you continue to concentrate at the center of the center, more and more refined, purer and purer, larger and larger Dhammakaya will be observed. Follow the same procedure described for previous bodies, concentrating through successive spheres until the next body appears. The following Dhammakaya will be attained:

Dhammakaya Gotrabhu (Noble-state Wisdom) and then a Refined Dhammakaya Gotrabhu whose lap-width, height and sphere diameter are all nine meters or more.

Dhammakaya Sota-panna (Stream-winner) and then a Refined Dhammakaya Sota-panna whose lap-width, height and sphere diameter are ten meters or more.

Dhammakaya Sakadagami (Once-returner) and then a Refined Dhammakaya Sakadagami whose lap-width, height and sphere diameter are twenty meters or more.

Dhammakaya Anagami (Non-returner) and then a Refined Dhammakaya Anagami  whose lap-width, height and sphere diameter measure up to thirty meters or more.

Dhammakaya Arahant (Perfect One) and then a Refined Dhammakaya Arahant whose lap-width, height and sphere diameter extend up to forty meters or more.

With all of your mind, become the more and more refined Dhammakaya Arahants. Rest your mind and keep it still, right at the center of the sphere of the most refined Dhammakaya Arahant that you can attain. Hold steady until you reach Ayatana Nibbana, the place or sphere where the most refined Dhammakaya Arahants can exist in the highest perfection. This is where the Lord Buddhas and the Arahants whose Five Aggregates or khandha have passed away exist forever. For them, it is called Anupadisesa-nibbana or Nibbana without residue.  For the meditator, however, this is only a brief visit to Nirvana during meditation. This is called temporary transcendence via temporary suppression of defilements (Vikkhambhana-vimutti).

One who has attained Dhammakaya has developed mindful contemplation of physical body, feelings, mental functions and phenomena (dhamma). He or she can cut at least three fetters: the wrong view of perceiving a “self” in the Five Khandhas (Sakkayaditthi), uncertainty (Vicikiccha), and useless or wrong ritual practices and vows (Silabbataparamasa).  This meditator can then become a Noble Disciple (Sotapanna).

Sharing Merit

Before taking a rest, let your mind stop still at the center of the sphere at the center of your body, and then let us make a wish before completing this meditation session. Let us request Lord Buddha to bless all of us to live a happy and prosperous life without problems and suffering. Let’s extend our loving-kindness and share our merit accumulated from the past up to the present with all world beings.

Nibbana paccayo hotu.

May these be the means whereby Nirvana