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. ...
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,...
Right Effort

Right Effort

In practicing right effort, one generates desire and makes an effort for four things: the non-arising of unarisen unwholesome states the abandoning of arisen unwholesome states the arising of unarisen wholesome states the maintenance and expansion of arisen wholesome...
Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood

The inclusion of right livelihood in the Noble Eightfold Path was a surprise to me.  After all, I didn’t think a great, world-transcending sage like the Buddha would give a bother about what people do for a living.  In retrospect, however, it makes...