Right Mindfulness.

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Right Mindfulness.

Postby indian_buddhist » Thu May 01, 2014 8:29 pm

I have always wondered what is Right Mindfulness (Samma Sati).

To tell you frankly, the place I stay in has no Sangha and there is a Goenka retreat which I have booked for attending next month for Vipassana meditation.

However in day to day life, here is what I practise in every moment of my life. Basically what I do is :-

1. When I see a Feeling coming in - from my eye, ears or tongue. I look at that feeling as that - feeling. I dont identify that feeling as my Self and look at that feeling as Impermanent. This is do for both pleasant and unpleasant feelings. And when I do that in my mind, in 100% of cases the feeling just goes away without leaving any trace in my mind. I dont remember that feeling again. And for a brief moment (about 2-3 minutes ) I feel an subtle Rapture and joy in my mind. I dont know from where it comes but it definitely comes.

2. Similarly when I see a Body - a beautiful or ugly human being. I look at that thing as that - Body. It does not constitute as Self. I think that it is subject to change - it will decay and become a carcass and be eaten by Birds . So that attraction and repulsion towards that body goes away.

3. Similarly in day to day life, whenever I get a Perception - I make sure not to identify myself with that Perception.

4. Similarly many times in a day I contemplate about the 5 aggregates and make sure that I dont identify with any of them as they are impermanent and constitute no permanent entity (self) within them.

Please tell me if this is what the Buddha taught as Right Mindfulness?.
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby santa100 » Fri May 02, 2014 12:23 am

indian_buddhist wrote:I have always wondered what is Right Mindfulness (Samma Sati)...

That's a good start. Also refer to Ven. Bodhi's Noble 8-Fold Path here
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri May 02, 2014 4:00 am

so whatever I wrote ; is not mindfulness?
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri May 02, 2014 5:57 am

I think a LOT of people restrict Mindfulness to just Anapanasati which is wrong.

Mindfulness I think (and I feel is what the Buddha taught) is simple awareness of your Mind. In everyday life situations - you see,hear, smell, taste ,feel with body different things both pleasant and unpleasant. The Undisciplined wordling who has not heard the Buddha's teaching does the following (He does not see these things as - Impermanent, Without a Self, Cause a suffering) and so he attaches to it which leads to either Greed or Aversion.

But the instructed Wordling who has heard the teaching watches it as it is (Impermanent, Without a Self, cause of suffering) and does not attach to it and watches it go away as it arises.

Can this be considered as Mindfulness?.
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby chethinie » Fri May 02, 2014 7:17 am

Hello,

Yes, I certainly agree with you and this is how I try (TRY !) to cultivate mindfulness in my daily life too. right mindfulness should start from our ordinary day to day life as you have explained and if you really practise it, at the end of the day if you review what you have done, you have actually developped and progressed on Sathara Sathipattana (four awareness i.e. Kayanupassana - awareness in body, Vedananupassana -awareness in feeling, Chiththanupassana -awareness in mind and Dhammanupassana -awareness in dhamma.

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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby Cittasanto » Fri May 02, 2014 7:30 am

read Thanissaro's work Mindfulness defined
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri May 02, 2014 7:46 am

chethinie wrote:Hello,

Yes, I certainly agree with you and this is how I try (TRY !) to cultivate mindfulness in my daily life too. right mindfulness should start from our ordinary day to day life as you have explained and if you really practise it, at the end of the day if you review what you have done, you have actually developped and progressed on Sathara Sathipattana (four awareness i.e. Kayanupassana - awareness in body, Vedananupassana -awareness in feeling, Chiththanupassana -awareness in mind and Dhammanupassana -awareness in dhamma.

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I am glad someone agrees with me. I was beginning to think if what I was doing does not belong to the Dhamma or useless.
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Re: Right Mindfulness.

Postby ShanYin » Thu May 29, 2014 3:50 am

My sister gave me a beautiful book called "Buddha His Life and Teachings."

It says something about mindfulness in daily life (if my memory is correct). Talking about mindfulness in standing, walking, sitting, eating, sleeping and etc.

I should get it and post what it says tommorow when I can find the book, I really like what it says.
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