Mindfulness-Focused in-of itself?

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2600htz
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Mindfulness-Focused in-of itself?

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"In this way he remains focused internally on the body in & of itself,
or externally on the body in & of itself, or both internally & externally on the body in & of itself. "

What it means focus internally? focus externally? focus in & of itself?

Thanks!
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See this thread:

Satipatthana: Internal and external contemplation
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1122" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don’t cling to it. Whether it’s like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don’t try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That’s all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ‘us’ nor ‘them’. None of them are worthy of clinging to.

- Ajahn Chah
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Re: Mindfulness-Focused in-of itself?

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Greetings 2600Hz

I recommend Ven Analayo's excellent Satipatthana: the direct path to realization which should answer your query as well as being an excellent meditation guide and commentary on the Satipatthana.
kind regards

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Re: Mindfulness-Focused in-of itself?

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ooh thanks!, nice ref. topic
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Re: Mindfulness-Focused in-of itself?

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Hi All,

This should clarify that question up nicely :tongue:


§ 32. Internal & External. There is the case where a monk remains
focused internally on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, &
mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.
As he remains focused internally on the body in & of itself, he
becomes rightly concentrated there, and rightly clear. Rightly
concentrated there and rightly clear, he gives rise to knowledge &
vision externally of the bodies of others.
He remains focused internally on feelings in & of themselves —
ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with
reference to the world. As he remains focused internally on feelings
in & of themselves, he becomes rightly concentrated there, and
rightly clear. Rightly concentrated there and rightly clear, he gives
rise to knowledge & vision externally of the feelings of others.
He remains focused internally on the mind in & of itself — ardent,
alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to
the world. As he remains focused internally on the mind in & of
itself, he becomes rightly concentrated there, and rightly clear.
Rightly concentrated there and rightly clear, he gives rise to
knowledge & vision externally of the minds of others.
He remains focused internally on mental qualities in & of themselves —
ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with
reference to the world. As he remains focused internally on mental
qualities in & of themselves, he becomes rightly concentrated there,
and rightly clear. Rightly concentrated there and rightly clear, he
gives rise to knowledge & vision externally of the mental qualities
of others.
— DN 18
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