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The Evolution of Mindfulness 6.

Week 6. Zen This is our last session. We will have a peek at Zen and its origins within Chinese Buddhism. I have found a strange paradox in Zen, on the one hand it is almost militaristic in its insistence on precise ritual forms and behaviours while on the other it is profoundly poetic to […]

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The Evolution of Mindfulness 5.

Week 5. Dzogchen – The Great Perfection As we saw last time, Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the pinnacle of the Nyingma nine vehicle system that arranges the various Buddhist teachings into a hierarchy of efficacy. What makes it the pinnacle is that unlike all the teachings that precede it, it requires that we change […]

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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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