sangyey wrote:From my understanding in the correct practice of mindfulness mindfulness must be aware of an object i.e., nama and rupa. If this is the case and from what I can gather then mindfulness would mainly be directed inside. For example, if you are practicing mindfulness and watching tv you would not really direct your mindfulness out at the tv but rather you would direct it inwards being mindful of the activity as it is in your own nama and rupa (even though I guess you could say that the tv is a kind of rupa or physical phenomena but in the practice of mindfulness it is directed towards one's own nama and rupa. Is this correct?
sangyey wrote:Thank you. Before I learned how to practice like that I would just try to be mindful and aware of just anything but I always had a real difficult time with it but after learning to practice by being mindful of my own nama and rupa it really makes it easier.
daverupa wrote:Not to split hairs but for my own understanding: this sort of practice is clear comprehension, isn't it? Mindfulness in the Suttas exclusively denotes satipatthana, does it not? I know the colloquial definition of mindfulness is as in above posts, but in looking for this sort of thing in the Suttas I'm better off researching clear comprehension, aren't I?
daverupa wrote:Well, if driving and I note "hearing" instead of "those are sirens" then I might not safely pull to the side of the road to let the ambulance drive past unimpeded. So, this noting seems like decent mindfulness, but what about clear comprehension for moving about, whether walking, sitting, standing, or lying down, while urinating or defecating, while eating... and pertinent to the OP, while watching TV?
Mindfulness, even if noting "seeing" and/or "hearing", makes watching TV impossible because the mere sense contact is noted, and the content is set aside. Clear comprehension, on the other hand, is the approach that would allow watching TV without getting drawn in and attached and lost in it, according to my understanding.
daverupa wrote:I simply get confused when the word 'mindfulness' is tasked with hauling both of these ideas; I think the Suttas underscore a useful distinction by using the two terms "mindful" and "clearly comprehending", a distinction that seems lost in colloquial discussions of 'mindfulness'.
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