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I would like to research this method in historical texts, but any search on google for ‘body scan’ only returns results related to the modern vipassana movement.

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    Is is there in the MahaSatiPatthana Sutta ?
    – ARi
    Nov 14, 2015 at 19:42
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    So far as I know... A particular "scanning " technique is not from the suttas (all of which only ask for witnessing rise and passing away of sensations amongst the other three)... But from the Burmese school..definately UBa Khin.
    – ARi
    Nov 15, 2015 at 7:00
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    By historical text, my interest is not limited to sutras but also any commentary, termas, or other references—just anything that isn't related to the modern vipassana movement. Thanks. Nov 15, 2015 at 20:03
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    That's exactly what my apprehension is : Are we sure this term is not coined by the modern vipassana movement.Why don't you email the SN Goenka website.
    – ARi
    Nov 16, 2015 at 13:44
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    I'm not familiar with the technique. Are you referring to the scanning of the body as per the Mahasatipattha Sutta? The section on Kayanupassana includes mindfulness of breathing, mindfulness of the postures, contemplation of impurities (i.e. the organs, bone, skin, teeth, bodily fluids, etc.), and some others.
    – user698
    Nov 17, 2015 at 15:23

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Kayagata-sati Sutta. Buddha was explicit that breathing is part of the body, so anapanasati is a sub-set of body scanning.

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    kaya = body, kayagata = relating to body
    – sargon
    Nov 14, 2015 at 22:33
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    Spelled kāya according to the PTS dictionary
    – ChrisW
    Nov 14, 2015 at 22:34
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    i'm on a roll ( :-) )(my observation) ; anapanasati is a sub-set of kayagata-sati. kayagata-sati is a sub-set of four satipatthana. four satipatthana is a part of magga 8. magga 8 is part of four noble thruths.
    – sargon
    Nov 15, 2015 at 2:08
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    @dean alkas I guess it ends with the Four Nobel Truths.
    – Lowbrow
    Nov 15, 2015 at 22:10
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    @ Uilium , i think 4 noble truths is part of dhamma (nature) .. almost certain. again, my observation. not sure if dhamma is part of anything else tho.
    – sargon
    Nov 15, 2015 at 22:50
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"Kayanupassana" comming under "Chathu Satipatthana". You can find detailed discription in "Maha Satipatthana Sutta"

Also refer and search for "Anapanasati Meditation".

Refer:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.118.than.html

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    Which part of Maha Satipatthana Sutta are you referring to?
    – michau
    Nov 17, 2015 at 15:13
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    To the part that explains about "Kayanupassana" Nov 18, 2015 at 16:17
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    I searched for "Kayanupassana" in the translation you linked to and didn't find anything. Could you tell me how to find it in the document?
    – michau
    Nov 18, 2015 at 21:39
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    Please refer to "Body" section. accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.22.0.than.html#body Nov 19, 2015 at 5:39

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