How to Establish Right Mindfulness

How to Establish Right Mindfulness

(Context: Definitive definition of mindfulness) The Buddha’s discourse on the establishment of mindfulness was recorded mainly in the Discourse on the Establishment of Mindfulness.[1]   It’s worth noting that entire books and PhD theses have been written on...
A Definitive Definition of Mindfulness

A Definitive Definition of Mindfulness

The Buddha famously said, “Mindfulness, I declare, is useful everywhere.”[1]  Mindfulness is one of the most important teachings in all of Buddhism.  It is the main pillar of the meditative system taught by the Buddha.[2] Furthermore, it is the first of the...
Mindfulness, My Foot

Mindfulness, My Foot

“Mindfully put your right foot in, take your right foot out,… (the rest of the song) … That’s what it’s all about.” Once upon a time, a talented student of meditation was granted an opportunity to meet a great Zen master. ...
Coming Up: Right Mindfulness

Coming Up: Right Mindfulness

Friends, In Topic#6, we learned about the Fourth Noble Truth, which contains the training program that enables all of us to arrive at liberation from suffering.  That program comes in eight parts, which is why it’s named (drumroll…) the Noble Eightfold Path. Here...
Right Mindfulness and Right Samadhi

Right Mindfulness and Right Samadhi

The Buddhist system of meditation training is based on two pillars: serenity (samatha) and insight (vipassanā¸ literally: “clear seeing”).  The basic premise is simple: it’s good to have the right equipment for each task.  If you need to see your own face,...