What Is Satipatthana?

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.


Guided Satipatthana Contemplation

The Satipatthana Sutta, often translated as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse, is a key teaching in the various forms of Buddhism around the world.  This guided meditation is intended to provide a contemplative review of the four categories: mindfulness of the body, of feelings, of the mind and of mind conditioning factors.  It is intended to supplement the Dharma talk that occurred just after this recording, entitled “What Is Satipatthana?” and found in the archives.


Guided Cultivating Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is a key characteristic of the mind for cultivating a present-moment, detached observational process that supports the development of mindfulness as an Awakening Factor.  During this guided mindfulness of breathing meditation, several different approaches to understanding and accessing the process of mindfulness are suggested.  There is an emphasis on diligent application of attention, clearly knowing the subjective difference between the physical stimuli that occur and the mental processes that make meaning of the sensational experience.  As this is cultivated regarding the body/mind associations of the breathing process, the ability to notice mindfully the difference between the other stimuli that occur along with the breath with detached, mindful awareness of how the self is formed in an ongoing way.



Overcoming Skeptical Doubt July 11 2018

This is the last of a series of talks focusing on how to identify and overcome the five hindrances.  Skeptical doubt is the quality of indecisiveness regarding whether one’s understanding and practice of Buddhism is accurate or actually working.  The antidote for skeptical doubt is confidence tempered by investigation of how the mind is creating subjective reality.  This confidence is fostered by study of Buddhist teachings and commentaries, but must be confirmed by one’s own direct experience, otherwise the confidence may be due to craving and clinging to erroneous perceptions and beliefs.  Rigorous daily practice of mindfulness of breathing meditation provides the necessary elements of internal inquiry to overcome doubt.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  OVERCOMING SKEPTICAL DOUBT

Next week’s talk will focus on what the teachings of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness provide for understanding the Five Aggregates that provide a functional selfing process.


The Four Foundations Of Mindfulness Introduction

This is the first of an extensive series of in-depth explorations of one of the core teachings of Buddhism-the Satipatthana Sutta.  Tonight’s discussion covers the basic structure of the discourse, referring to Bhikkhu Analayo’s “Satipatthana-The Direct Path To Realization” as well as other resources.  The intention of these talks is to foster deeper conceptual understanding of the teachings along with a strong commitment to meditation practice to realize the benefits that can be gained from this process.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Understanding the Satipatthana Sutta

Here is a copy of the translated Sutta:  Nanamoli Satipatthana Sutta

Next week’s discussion will begin exploring the First Foundation, Mindfulness of the Body, with specific emphasis on mindfulness of breathing practice.