Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation. Copyright Buddha Weekly.Perhaps the greatest teaching on mindfulness, the Maha (translates as: great) Satipatthana is a Sutta that serious meditators of all traditions reference in modern teachings. As a Pali sutta, it is an important teaching for the elder path (Theravada) — and mindfulness is a major foundational practice. In advanced Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Vajrayana Buddhist methods, the Maha-Satipatthana is often quoted by teachers. In the great Zen traditions, the Great Discourse on Establishing of Awareness is often a core teaching.In the Maha-Satipatthana, Buddha elaborates further on previous discourses, such as the Satipatthana Sutta (full sutra here>), and gives four great frames or reference: mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, and mental qualities.
The greatest of teachers, Shakyamuni.
Venerable Thanissaro Bhikku.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu, who translated the sutra below, cautioned in his commentary:t first glance, the four frames of reference for satipatthana practice sound like four different meditation exercises, but MN 118 makes clear that they can all center on a single practice: keeping the breath in mind. When the mind is with the breath, all four frames of reference are right there.He elaborates with an example: “The difference lies simply in the subtlety of one’s focus. It’s like learning to play the piano. As you get more proficient at playing, you also become sensitive in listening to ever more subtle levels in the music. This allows you to play even more skillfully. In the same way, as a meditator gets more skilled in staying with the breath, the practice of satipatthana gives greater sensitivity in peeling away ever more subtle layers of participation in the present moment until nothing is left standing in the way of total release.”
By: Josephine Nolan
Title: Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Awareness; mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, mental qualities
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Published Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:41:32 +0000