beeblebrox wrote:For some reason you seem to insist on reading all my posts in just the wrong way. In this thread, and that another thread about earthquakes.
beeblebrox wrote:Whatever you've said above is none of the implications I've been making. I never said that you should imagine nibbāna as something. It's a cessation of dukkha. You don't imagine what that cessation is like... you just use that as a benchmark to compare your own current experience against. When they align, then there you are... Nibbāna.
OK, but this is not the practice of mindful awareness.
beeblebrox wrote:So, the mindfulness is not based on a goal? What are you being mindful for? Seems fuzzy to me.
There may be over-arching goals that form the basis for decisions such as practicing mindfulness (presumably there must be), however the actual practice of mindful awareness is not a goal-oriented practice. It is a radically different mode of simply attending to how things actually are. It's a 'being' or 'non-doing' rather than a 'doing'. The usual comparisons between our cognition of where we are and our ideal that we are tring to reach and the associated trying, judgement and so forth, are dropped.
beeblebrox wrote:I'm not trying to do any value judgments here... just trying to show that there are things that are oriented towards the Dhamma practice, and things that aren't. It's that simple.
OK. Some things lead to insight, unbinding and less suffering and some things don't, but I don't believe practices are simply and neatly divided into worldly/limited/self-centred or insight/unbinding/selfless according to whether it is a 'Buddhist' practice or not, in the way that you seem to be suggesting.