Mindful Clear Comprehension March 4 2020

This talk is part of the review of part of the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body, specifically sati sampajanna, mindful clear comprehension.  Peter read quotes from the Satipatthana Sutta  regarding how a meditator is to apply mindfulness in all postures and activities and then reviewed the Four Clear Comprehensions from the commentaries: (1) Worthy goal (2) Suitable means (3) Minding the domain (4) Inclining towards Awakening.  This was presented as a useful protocol for mundane decision making as well as spiritual development (for more information on mundane decisions search “decision-making” on Wikipedia).  This topic seems timely as we are confronted with several challenges currently such as the covid-19 (coronavirus) disease, the political choices of this year, as well as choices regarding lifestyle as current weather anomalies such as unusual heat, rain, or severe storms challenge our customary lifestyle routines.  How can this decision making process be coordinated with mindfulness of breathing training to benefit how we live our daily life routines?  This explanation was followed by discussion among those attending regarding how this might affect their lives.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Mindful Clear Comprehension

Next week Peter and a number of the members of our group will be on retreat, so there will be no dharma talk on Wednesday evening; folks are welcome to come to the site and meditate between 7-9 PM that day (please be sure to turn off the lights and close the fence gate upon leaving–we don’t want our puppy to roam about the neighborhood!).  The dharma talks from the retreat will be recorded and posted through the Audio page on the website after the retreat.  The topic for the next talk on March 18 will be a review of the retreat experience by those attending the retreat, a custom of our community.