This talk provides an overview of what most Buddhist practitioners consider to be the most comprehensive teaching, the Satipatthana Sutta, typically translated as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse. During the talk, the history of this discourse is reviewed, along with various key conceptual elements that are embedded within the context of the sutta. It is intended to provide an introduction to a series of talks that reviews each of the four foundations in more depth, including contemporary psychological and neuroscientific discoveries that validate the characteristics of the teaching.
There is a recording posted in the archives of this site entitled “Guided Satipatthana Contemplation” that is intended to complement this review.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Overview of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse
The topic for next week’s review will begin to address the First Foundation, Mindfulness of the Body, with particular emphasis on mindfulness of breathing.