Mindfulness (sati)

The meditation practice of maintaining awareness of one's body and consciousness
  • What Was Mindfulness? Paid Member

    With headlines like “Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1% is hijacking mindfulness” and “Rebel posturing and ‘mindfulness training’ can’t cover up tech world’s awful labor standards” on Facebook courtesy of Salon.com, suddenly American Buddhists find themselves pushed to one side or the other of an age-old debate. Should the sacred life show secular benefits, or should spirituality be essentially an "inside job"? More »
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    Tangled in Thought Paid Member

    Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire,  Papancabhirata paja, nippapanca tathagata. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find the sage out there. The world delights in conceptual proliferation (papanca). Buddhas delight in the ending of that (nippapanca). Akase padam natthi, samano natthi bahire, Sankhara sassatta natthi, natthi buddhanam injitam. There are no footprints in the sky; You won’t find the sage out there. There are no eternal conditioned things.  Buddhas never waver. More »
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    The Present Moment Paid Member

    In the history of Buddhism, popular movements that present meditation as a relatively simple practice, accessible without extensive training, are nothing new. It happened in 8th-century China, and again in 19th-century Burma. And—growing directly out of the Burmese movement—it is happening again in today’s secularized mindfulness movement, represented most notably in the practice of MBSR, or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. More »
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    Being No One Paid Member

    When you wake in the morning, you may notice a brief period when you’re between sleep and waking, when you’ve left the dreams of the night but haven’t yet entered into the identities and plans of the day. The gap may be extremely small, but if you pay attention you can catch it and prolong it. This gap has an unknown quality, perhaps a sense of openness and nakedness; it’s a kind of liminal zone where you still don’t know exactly who or what you are. You may feel afraid of this openness and tend to rush back into the known, to check your smartphone or open your computer to remind yourself who you are. Instead, just lie still and be open to the unknown. More »
  • Mindfulness at Moonshine Hollow Paid Member

    The locals call it Moonshine Hollow, or Mooner's Hollow, partly because of the haunting character of the moonlight in this small, isolated valley. It forces you to pay attention to the thousand shades of shadow and light you'd never thought to distinguish before. The phenomenon has something to do with the curvature of the ravine here, as light reflects off stone cliffs above and the lithe, white limbs of sycamore trees below. Whatever accounts for it, Moonshine Hollow is well named. More »
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    Discipline of Freedom Paid Member

    Discipline of FreedomThe Yoga Sutra Attributed to PatanjaliTranslated from the Sanskrit by Barbara Stoler MillerUniversity of California Press, 1996.114 pp., $17.95 (cloth) Yoga and Buddha are probably the two best-known and most-used words to make the passage from India. They are what I sometimes think of as salmon-leaping words: words that have made the leap from one culture to another without translation. Or to put it another way, by resisting translation, such words provide a new word—and thus a new meaning, and even a new way of life—for the cultural stream they now swim and spawn in. Dharma is another example, as are satori and koan. More »