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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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