Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

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manas
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Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

Postby manas » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:27 am

Hello all,

did the Buddha teach any sitting practice that comprised just observing wherever the mind is in the present moment? Not purposefully bringing it in to the body, or to anywhere else in particular, but rather, just observing whatever is apparent with equanimity, following it wherever it may go (with the exception of very unwholesome things), even observing how attentiveness itself ebbs and flows? In short, just keeping watch over the mind?

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Re: Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

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Re: Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

Postby upekha » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:00 am

In the Satipathana sutta, cittanupassana is explained, where one is aware of the mind and Dhammaupassana is where one is aware of the mind states.



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Re: Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

Postby Ben » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:35 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Is watching *just the mind's movement* bona fide?

Postby kirk5a » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:54 pm

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230


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