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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 8

The Awakening Factors
It seems that so much of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta has been about being mindful of our crazy mind and all the powerfully detrimental impulses and reactions that pass through it. Here, with the introduction of the seven awakening factors, bojjhaṅga, – mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity – we have reached a seam of some of the amazing mind states that may be inhabited.

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 7.

The Sense Spheres satipaṭṭhāna explores how we add unnecessary ‘stories’ to our experience of ourselves, others and the world around us. It also gives an alternative break down of how we function, this time primarily focusing on the interaction of our senses with the environment and how these interactions are received and (mis)interpreted.

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 6.

The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 6. Mindfulness of Dhammas: The Aggregates On a personal note finally understanding what the Buddha was getting at with his concept of the aggregates was one of my bigger “Ah-ha” moments. This satipaṭṭhāna is incredibly important because it concerns not just my body, feelings or mind, but […]

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 5.

The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 5. Mindfulness of Dhammas This is the fourth and final Satipaṭṭhāna consisting five sections on the hindrances, aggregates, sense spheres, awakening factors and four noble truths. We will take one section at a time. Dhammas While the other satipaṭṭhānas have been more or less straight forward – […]

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 4.

The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 4. Mindfulness of mind – Citta The third pasture of mindfulness is contemplation of the mind – for which the Pãli word is citta. In this context ‘mind’ simply means what’s going on in my mind – my reactions and responses to my feelings. As with the […]

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 3.

The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 3. Feeling – vedanã This is our second pasture of mindfulness but unlike mindfulness of the body this is much simpler having effectively only one meditation. However, as we will see this single contemplation is both a little tricky and also of enormous importance. So just to […]

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 2.

The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 2. Mindfulness of the Body This second session looks at the first Satipaṭṭhāna – contemplating the body. The Sutta first gives instruction how and where to sit. Then continues describing this practices as a progression through mindfulness of breathing, postures, activities, anatomical parts, the elements and finally […]

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The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta 1.

The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta is a complete guide to the practice of mindfulness as taught by the historical Shakyamuni Buddha. In it he teaches that the direct path to awakening is possible through mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind and the mental states that either obscure or reveal the awakened mind.

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The Noble Eightfold Path 8

Concentration is an essential requirement for any form of meditative accomplishment – even the accomplishment of letting go of meditative ambition! – and yet for those of us who live in a fast DSC_0113moving, highly stimulated culture, our concentration, particularly on a single object, is left pitifully weak.

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