Mindfulness of the Body Adaptations

This talk completes the review of the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body.  These remaining categories of the discourse are reviewed: Foulness: The Body Parts, The Four Elements and The Nine Charnel Ground Contemplations.  Each contemplation is reviewed, with critiques as to the relevance of the body parts and charnel ground contemplations in contemporary life experience.  The Four Elements contemplation is more understandable and workable, and is intended to be supported by the posted “Guided Four Elements Contemplation” recording, found in the archive for June 16, 2021.  The review is followed by questions and comments from those attending the Zoom meeting.

Here are the notes prepared for the talk:  MINDFULNESS OF THE BODY ADAPTATIONS

The topic for next week will continue reviewing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse, focusing on Mindfulness of Feelings, the Second Foundation of Mindfulness.

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Guided Four Elements Contemplation

This Guided meditation is intended to be associated with the Dharma talk presented on the same evening entitled “Mindfulness of the Body Adaptations”, with focused attention on the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  These contemplations are included in the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body.  During the meditation, suggestions are offered to facilitate direct experiential awareness of these elements.

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Clearly Knowing The Body

This talk continues a review of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse, focusing on parts of the First Foundation, known as the Four Postures and the Contemplation of Daily Activities with Full Awareness.  There is further reference to what are called the Four Comprehensions: Worthy Goal, Suitable Means, Domain (the Four Foundations) and Non-Delusions; these are considered to be a spiritual “decision tree” process to be integrated into one’s lifestyle to further liberation from dukkha. The primary reference for these reviews are from two of Analayo’s books, “Satipatthana–Direct Path To Realization” and “Satipatthana Meditation–A Practice Guide”.

Here are the notes for this talk:  Clearly Knowing The Body

The Satipatthana Sutta review for next week will focus further on the First Foundation of Mindfulness, with some modern commentary and practices included.

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Understanding The Four Elements

This talk is the last focused on the First Foundation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse (Satipatthana Sutta), Mindfulness of the Body (Kayanupassana).   The Four Elements and the Nine Charnel Grounds Contemplations were read and discussed.  Peter provided a brief introductory meditation to facilitate using Earth, Air, Fire and Water as subjective contemplations, followed by discussion.  The talk then shifted to the Charnel Grounds Contemplations–Peter suggested these have no contemporary relevance, so the discussion then focused on how one can currently contemplate mortality in ways to motivate bringing mindfulness practices into one’s daily life routine.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  Understanding The Four Elements

Next week’s discussion will begin a review of the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Feelings, (Vedanupassana).

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Understanding Mindfulness Of Breathing

This is the second in an extensive series of talks investigating the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse.  Tonight’s focus is on the First Foundation, Mindfulness of the Body, specifically Mindfulness of Breathing meditation.  Peter went through the stanzas focused on that core practice to illuminate the meaning and application of each part.  The importance of the four applications of “diligence, clear awareness, mindfulness and setting aside covetousness and grief for the world” to realize the benefits of the practice was emphasized.

This was followed by discussion to clarify the terms and practice.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Understanding Mindfulness of Breathing

Next week’s talk will focus on the next two topics of the First Foundation regarding posture and of clear comprehension.

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