The Other Mindfulness Meditations

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The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Christopherxx » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:04 am

Hi guys,

As I noted in my search for some advanced commentaries/texts I am trying to broaden my practice.

Is anyone familar with literary works that deal with Kayagatasati (mindfulness of the body); Maranassati (mindfulness of death) and the other sutta mentioned mindfulnesses <---- haha that is probably not a word :tongue: .

I am hoping for detailed texts like one finds in the Satipatthana and Anapanasati contexts.

Thanks guys!

(((No mentioning access to insight, I am looking for commentary or detailed works))).

Advanced works are all the better (Advanced in the sense of dealing with the subject in it's "fullness" and "breadth")).
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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:09 am

Read Satipatthana by the Venerable Anayalo. It's a great study.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.
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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Christopherxx » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:27 am

Thanks Yogurt I am aware of the text.

I was wondering if these "subjects" where discussed in depth outside of that book including all relevant sutta material.

I may be misremembering his work but it deals from that sutta's exposition am I correct? (frames of reference).
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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Alex123 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:55 am

The best that I know are the corresponding sections found in Visuddhimagga.
”Even the water melting from the snow-capped peaks finds its way to the ocean."
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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Christopherxx » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:14 pm

Hmm sure seems there are only a few of those high level texts.

Maybe it's just one of those things where most of the classic texts have not been translated out of pali and the scholarly work in religious studies departments is in the western direction of judeo-christian/islam.

what a shame.
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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Nyana » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:36 pm

Christopherxx wrote:Hmm sure seems there are only a few of those high level texts.

Maybe it's just one of those things where most of the classic texts have not been translated out of pali and the scholarly work in religious studies departments is in the western direction of judeo-christian/islam.

what a shame.

Enough of the major Pāli treatises have been translated into English, but most of them primarily deal with issues other than practical meditation instructions. With regard to you initial question, as Alex has already mentioned, the most complete presentation of practice instructions on each of those meditation subjects is found in the Visuddhimagga. Another interesting little text which deals with the contemplations from the Girimānanda Sutta is The Girimānanda Sutta: Ten Contemplations with the Commentary from the Sāratthasamuccaya.

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Re: The Other Mindfulness Meditations

Postby Christopherxx » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:52 pm

Ñāṇa Thank you for your reply.

I have been following your posts and this is exactly what I was looking for.

Maybe I could discuss some sources with you to expand my knowledge in the classical/orthodox tradition.

With Metta,

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