In Buddhist Dharma class I was assigned with a group to explain the metaphor of the body in the conversation between King Milinda and Nagasena.
The following phrase in the conversation (below) seems very important. It is repeated for ego and the chariot and I think you could equally plug in the word body.
Again, the answer is no, these again are a way of counting, a term, an appellation, a convenient designation, a name for: nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews ....etc..
Nagasena also says" . . . the word (body) is a mere empty sound. . . what (body) is there here . . . there is no (body)."
"Your majesty, you are a delicate prince, an exceedingly delicate prince; and if, your majesty, you walk in the middle of the day on hot sandy ground, and you tread on rough grit, gravel and sand, your feet become sore, your body tired, the mind is oppressed, and the body-consciousness suffers."
Maybe although there is no body there is a body-consciousness that feels tired, sore and suffers. It perhaps this is what Ava said "we are not the body, and we are also not devoid of the body." If we were devoid of the body we wouldn't be tired, sore and oppressed by the hot sandy ground.
|King Milinda and Nagasena|