There will be another Four Foundations Of Mindfulness course offered at the Women’s Club of Winter Park, on four Monday nights from 7 to 9, from November 23 to December 14. This course will be the last intro course offered until March of 2016. The course reviews the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the key discourses of Buddhism. The teacher, Peter Carlson, has been teaching this course periodically for over 20 years, and approaches this practice as a profoundly spiritual psychology (or a profoundly psychological spirituality?). The topic of mindfulness is currently being very thoroughly investigated scientifically, and applied to relieving distress associated with workplace stress, recovery from addiction, as well as general anxiety and mood disorders.
Each evening’s meetings will include a training meditation focused on mindfulness of breathing, a practice fundamental to all the Buddhist traditions and applicable to all faith traditions. The course fee is $50, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, a non-profit corporation, and pays for the rental of the facility as well as subsidizing the cost of retreats for those who want to experience the benefits of intensive mindfulness training.
During this talk, Peter reviewed the four groups of four stanzas in the Anapanasati Sutta as they relate to the four foundations of mindfulness. The four groups of stanzas are called the four tetrads. The intention in this presentation is to foster an integration of mindfulness of breathing with the four foundations as they appear in the sutta.
Next week’s discussion will explore practical applications of mindfulness of breathing to the cultivation of the four foundations.
The next post will contain the notes prepared relative to this talk
This talk begins several weeks of exploration of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, dhammanupassana. During the discussion, Peter pointed out that Mindfulness of the Body and of Feelings are projected onto the Third Foundation, that of consciousness, and that the culminating practice of this teaching is to notice the interactions between the foundations, Mindfulness of Mental Phenomena. He also suggested that the word “dhamma” conveys something static, a thing; however, a dhamma is transient, lasting a fraction of a second, and therefore is best considered as a dynamic process that commingles the four foundations. During the next several weeks, the dhamma called the five hindrances, the dhamma called the five aggregates, the dhamma called the six sense bases (which he terms “the six sense functions”, the dhamma of the seven awakening factors, and the dhamma called the full realization of the Four Noble Truths (which he called the Four Ennobling Truths) will be explored.
This dialogue explores the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, cittanupassana, translated as mindfulness of the mind. After reading the content of the third foundation from Analayo’s book on satipatthana, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Peter related this to what our era calls “mood”, that is, a pervasive emotional state. The neurological and hormonal aspects of mood were described. This was followed by a group discussion emphasizing the impersonal nature of moods.
During this dialogue, Judy reviewed kayanupassana, mindfulness of the body, from the Satipatthana Sutta, which is usually translated as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. She explained that the “body” referred to is the aggregation of all the parts of the body, including the senses and breath awareness–in Pali, kaya can apply to a group of […]
—In this dialogue, Judy presented two translations of the beginning of the Satipatthana Sutta, usually translated as The Four Foundation of Mindfulness, and then explained how important it is to practice mindfulness of breathing meditation in order to understand the first section, mindfulness of the body. During the talk, she invited the sangha to briefly […]