bare attention in everyday life

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bare attention in everyday life

Postby alan » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:35 am

Been re-reading Analyo's book. It's fascinating. I've learned so much.
I wonder if you can help me by adding your understanding of how bare attention is applied in everyday life.
I start by trying not to get upset when people say things I don't like.
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:43 am

alan wrote:Been re-reading Analyo's book. It's fascinating. I've learned so much.
I wonder if you can help me by adding your understanding of how bare attention is applied in everyday life.


Start here:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el121.html
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:10 am

tiltbillings wrote:
alan wrote:Been re-reading Analyo's book. It's fascinating. I've learned so much.
I wonder if you can help me by adding your understanding of how bare attention is applied in everyday life.


Start here:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el121.html

oh wow , interesting..thanks for this
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby bodom » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:19 pm

Mindfulness is nonconceptual awareness. Another English term for Satiis 'bare attention'. It is not thinking. It does not get involved with thought or concepts. It does not get hung up on ideas or opinions or memories. It just looks. Mindfulness registers experiences, but it does not compare them. It does not label them or categorize them. It just observes everything as if it was occurring for the first time. It is not analysis which is based on reflection and memory. It is, rather, the direct and immediate experiencing of whatever is happening, without the medium of thought. It comes before thought in the perceptual process.


This is how I apply "bare attention".

- Mindfulness In Plain English -
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe13.html

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby Spiny Norman » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:55 am

bodom wrote:
This is how I apply "bare attention".

- Mindfulness In Plain English -
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe13.html

:anjali:


Looks good. I have a very simple approach of just observing whatever arises. I need things to be simple. :smile:

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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby PeterB » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:30 am

I think our practice needs to be simple Porpoise. I think its true of most of us.
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby rerb » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:59 am

What is Analyo's book? I search for "Analyo" here, but no hits arise.
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby zavk » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:21 am

rerb wrote:What is Analyo's book? I search for "Analyo" here, but no hits arise.


There is a missing 'a', it is Analayo.

I believe it is his book on the Satipatthana Sutta. Great book, learned heaps from it!

Here's a thread about the book: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=3062
With metta,
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Re: bare attention in everyday life

Postby irvinelmo » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:46 am

Hi,
Seen from the viewpoint of the ordinary pursuits of life, it does not seem so. From that angle mindfulness, or attention, has a rather modest place among many other seemingly more important mental faculties serving the purpose of variegated wish-fulfillment.
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