This talk begins an in-depth review of the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse.  Analayo’s book “Satipatthana–The Direct Path To Realization” will be a primary resource for the series, supplemented by observations drawn from contemporary neuroscientific and psychological research that validate what is in the sutta.  This discussion focuses on the Definitions relating to what Analayo calls the satipatthana refraincontemplation, diligence, clear awareness, mindfulness and freedom from distress and confusion regarding the world.  These terms are repeated throughout the Sutta in each of the Four Foundations.  There was discussion after the presentation regarding how to use the elements of the refrain to address sadness while meditating.

There is a guided meditation entitled “Guided Four Foundations Meditation” in the Archives that was presented previous to this talk.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  What Is Satipatthana

Next week’s topic will be the importance of mindfulness of breathing to cultivate the four foundations.