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Right Mindfulness

Dear Noble Sangha,

This month Rocky Mountain Insight focused on Right Mindfulness, the seventh spoke of the Noble Eightfold Path and part of the section on meditation or concentration. Here are some quotes from the Buddha on Right Mindfulness:

Definition of Right Mindfulness

“And what is right mindfulness? There is the case where a monk remains focused on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. He remains focused on feelings in & of themselves… the mind in & of itself… mental qualities in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. This is called right mindfulness…

“This is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow & lamentation, for the disappearance of pain & distress, for the attainment of the right method, & for the realization of Unbinding — in other words, the four frames of reference.

-Maha-Satipatthana Sutta: The Great Frames of Reference Sutta

Abandoning Wrong Factors of the Path
“One is mindful to abandon wrong view & to enter & remain in right view: This is one’s right mindfulness…

“One is mindful to abandon wrong resolve & to enter & remain in right resolve: This is one’s right mindfulness…

“One is mindful to abandon wrong speech & to enter & remain in right speech: This is one’s right mindfulness…

“One is mindful to abandon wrong action & to enter & remain in right action: This is one’s right mindfulness…

“One is mindful to abandon wrong livelihood & to enter & remain in right livelihood: This is one’s right mindfulness…”

-Maha-Cattarisaka Sutta: The Great Forty

As usual, these quotes are taken from www.accesstoinsight.org.

Peace

Ben

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