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MINDFULLNESS - Techniques

Discussion in 'Buddhism DIR' started by zenzero, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. zenzero

    zenzero Its only a Label

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    Friends,
    Here is how one can start 'Mindfullness'.

    Mindfulness is attentiveness. The function of mindfulness is to bring clarity to what is being perceived. The 12 aspects of mindfulness are:

    Observe without expecting anything, or attempting to get an answer.
    Observe things as they are, without assuming anything.
    If something is missing do not imagine something else in its place.
    If something does not make sense then do not explain it away.
    Use physical senses as well as mental sense to observe.
    Let the mind un-stack itself.
    Experience fully what is there.
    Do not suppress anything.
    Associate data freely.
    Do not get hung up on name and form.
    Contemplate thoughtfully.
    Let it all be effortless.
    source: EXERCISE: Technique of Mindfulness | Vinaire's Blog
     
  2. Rick O'Shez

    Rick O'Shez Irishman bouncing off walls

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    The core Buddhist text for mindfulness is this one, well worth a look:
    Satipatthana Sutta: Frames of Reference

    Basically the 4 foundations of mindfulness are body, feeling, state of mind and dhamma.
     
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  3. zenzero

    zenzero Its only a Label

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    Friend Spiny Norman,

    Thank you for the link.

    Love & rgds
     
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    Also, Bhante Gunaratana has an excellent book on the subject of mindfulness called, Mindfulness in Plain English. For anyone who speaks English as their native tongue, this is one of the very best introductions to the subject they can read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-P...&sr=1-1&keywords=mindfulness+in+plain+english

    Bhante Gunaratana came to the Theravada monastery I attend a few years back and gave a talk on metta-meditation. He is a great monk who is doing wonderful work making the dhamma accessible to a wide audience.
     
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    Bhante Gunaratana has written some other titles as well, including another one I have read, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English. This book focuses on samatha meditation.

    Here is a link to Bhante G's website: Bhavana Society Home Page | A Theravada Buddhist Monastery and Meditation Center
     
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