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Finally, the sense-organs of the dead m an are 'scattered', w hereas those of the m an in cessation are 'purified'. Budd h ag h o sa's com m entarial discussion of this passage will provide som e clarification of the technical terminology: "Physical functions" m ea n s in-breathing and out-breathing. "Verbal functions' m ean s reasoning and deliberation. "Mental functions' m eans conceptualization and sensation. "Scattered" m ean s destroyed or lost. O n this matter so m e say that the sentence: "The m ental [functions] of on e w h o has attained cessation have ceased" m ean s that the mind has not ceased , and that therefore this attainm ent The A ttainm ent of Cessation In The T heravàda Tradition 7 p o sse s se s m ind.
That this is so reflects the broad consensus on the n atu re of enlightenm ent a n d the m eth o d s appropriate to gaining it w hich h ad em erged in the T heravada tradition by this period: the m eth o d s of observational an d intellectual analysis an d the transform ation of the perceptual a n d cognitive skills of the practitioner w hich goes w ith them had becom e norm ative an d it w as therefore im possible for the paradigm atically enstatic m etho d s connected w ith the attainm ent of cessation to be an y th in g m ore th an marginal.
It is just as w ith a mirror set up at a crossroads, [w hich is soiled] by the d u st stirred up by the w in d and so forth. Just as, in d eed , a mirror put into a bag and placed in a box or som eth in g similar sh in es brilliantly there, so also the five [sensory] clarities of the m on k w h o has attained cessation sh in e w ith great brilliance in cessation. 17 All these functions, it is agreed, no longer occur for bo th a dead m an an d one w ho has en tered the attain m en t of cessation.