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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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The Noble Eightfold Path 6

The Buddhist Background To Minfulness The Noble Eightfold Path This is the fifth of seven blogs from our 2017 ‘The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness’ course. Each session covers one aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path and ends with some questions and practices that may help you make the subject more personally real. Right Effort  (Skt. […]

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The Noble Eightfold Path 4 & 5

Continuing with ethics, we have already seen how the Buddhist five precepts are beginning to show themselves within the Noble Eightfold Path through Right Speech that includes not lying – now we are going to look at Right Action and Livelihood and how these encompass killing and harming, stealing, harming others sexually and ourselves through intoxication.

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