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.


The Dharma Of Commitment September 25 2019

The real benefits of mindfulness meditation are only realized through commitment; first to daily, diligent mindfulness of breathing (or lovingkindness) meditation, and then to the commitment to integrate the training results of such disciplined practice into daily life routines.  During this talk Peter recalled the development of his “Right Livelihood” practice during his 37 years of Buddhist mindfulness and lovingkindness practice supplemented by a repeated commitment: “I’m not going to stop until I have my life set up just the way I want it, no matter what happens…and this means _______”  This commitment is aligned with the topic of the recent talk of September 5th, focused  on Clear Comprehension as a decision-making process and emphasizes the importance of setting a commitment for “Right Livelihood” through the actions suggested with “…and this means_____”.  This description was followed by a lively discussion among those present regarding the potential benefits of applying the suggested commitment.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  The Dharma Of Commitment


Understanding Clear Comprehension

The focus of this talk continues to explore the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse, more specifically the First Foundation, Mindfulness of the Body.  Sati Sampajanna (sah-tee sahm-pah-jahn-yah) is typically translated as Mindful Clear Comprehension, and is particularly focused on awareness of how we move through the day.  This practice focuses on cultivating mindful awareness of the intentionality of everyday thoughts and behaviors.  The relatively simple investigation of intentions associated with behavior trains the mind to be more alert and appropriately responsive the the intentionality accompanying each thought as regards Right Action, part of the Noble Eightfold Path.

The commentaries about sati sampajanna describe four considerations regarding this practice:  suitability of purpose, suitability of means for achieving the intended purpose, mindfully monitoring the process of activating the suitable means and how this activity will be conducive to realizing the process of Awakening.

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