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Mindfulness

Postby MayaRefugee » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:27 am

Greetings,

When we say one is practicing mindfulness what is it that is being mindful?

If the goal is to eventually eliminate the notion of an "I" and you actually do eliminate the notion of an "I" how could you say "I" is being mindful?

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:54 am

Greetings MayaRefugee,

The Satipatthana Sutta will give you a comprehensive (yet not exhaustive) collection of things one could be mindful of.

MN 10: Satipatthana Sutta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Re: Mindfulness

Postby MayaRefugee » Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:02 am

Not being rude here but what I meant to ask was:

At 1, the process is in the process of being aware of the process.

At 2 could the process be in the process of being aware that it is in the process of being aware of the process.

Then at 3 could it be aware of what it's doing at 2 and at 4 be aware of what it's doing at 3 and so on to infinity.

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What else?
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Re: Mindfulness

Postby Dan74 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:54 am

As far as I can tell awareness is the fundamental, it defies description.

My point in the above was to say that this preoccupation with "I" who is doing it all should either be done properly like in hua-tou meditation or in analysing what is not "I" as in Theravada or simply put aside while practicing mindfulness. Conventional preoccupation with it as in infinite regress is not productive.

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Re: Mindfulness

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“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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