Mindfulness of Sensations (Vedanā)

Mindfulness of Sensations (Vedanā)

(Context: How to Establish Right Mindfulness) The Pali word vedanā can be translated either as “sensations” or “feelings”.  In fact, I had a long debate with myself which translation to use (and like all debates with myself, I ultimately won). ...
Mindfulness of the Body

Mindfulness of the Body

(Context: How to Establish Right Mindfulness) Mindfulness of the body constitutes a sizable part of the establishment of mindfulness.  When I was a beginner, I was surprised how much importance the Buddha placed in the mindfulness of the body.  He said, for...
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. ...
Abbot’s Commentary: Practice Makes Right

Abbot’s Commentary: Practice Makes Right

It is strange that the word appearing most frequently in the context of the Noble Eightfold Path is also the one that gets the least attention: the word “right.”  (Meng might joke in response, “I know, right?”) The Pali word translated to right is sammā. ...