Teachings on Mindfulness

Mahasatipatthana Sutta

Shakyamuni Buddha, translated by Maurice Walshe

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Excerpts from the "Mahasatipatthana Sutta," from Thus Have I Heard: The Long Discourses of the Buddha, translated by Maurice Walshe, Wisdom Publications, London.


Again, a monk, when walking, knows that he is walking, when standing, knows that he is standing, when sitting, knows that he is sitting, when lying down, knows that he is lying down. In whatever way his body is disposed, he knows that that is how it is ...

Again, a monk, when going forward or back, is clearly a ware of what he is doing, in looking forward or back he is clearly aware of what he is doing, in bending and stretching he is clearly aware of what he is doing, in carrying his inner and outer robe and his bowl he is clearly a ware of what he is doing, in eating, drinking, chewing and savoring he is clearly a ware of what he is doing, in passing excrement or urine he is clearly aware of what he is doing, in walking, standing, sitting, falling asleep and waking up, in speaking or in staying silent, he is clearly aware of what he is doing ...

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