Dhamma Letter No. 132
Satipatthana 49: Cittānupassanā (Observation of mind) 마음관찰 3
The key to ‘mindfulness’ is to be aware of what is happening in the mind as it is. It is simply to note and notice the mind as it arises and disappears, as it is. Awareness that habitually identifies with one's thoughts or feelings strengthens the ego and produces suffering. Through the practice of looking at oneself objectively through clear awareness, one can understand the thought of selflessness, which is the fundamental doctrine of Buddhism, and can help solve fundamental problems.
In Abhidhamma, there is only one mind that arises in an instant, and that mind is defined as 'knowing the object'.
“Object” is everything the mind knows. The meditation method of Observing the mind does not focus on one specific object.
At every instant, the object already exists continuously through the sixth gate. Therefore, there is no need to focus on a specific object intentionally. Contemplating whether or not the mind is acting as greed (Lobha, desire), anger (Dosa, hatred), and delusion (Moha, foolishness) on those objects.
The purpose is to create the wisdom of Alobha (no greed), Adosa (no anger), and Amoha (no delusion).
When observing an object, an apparent distance appears between the object and the mind. You have to come to the point of ‘knowing again’ the mind you know about the object, clear knowledge, and your ‘knowing mind’. Only then can one reach the Dhamma nature where one can freely see an object as it is without attachment to any object, and experience Paramaṭṭha, the ultimate reality.
Above all, the ‘right attitude’ is the most important when practicing. When you practice, don't focus too much, don't control it, don't try to create something, don't restrain your mind, don't make it happen, and don't deny what happens.
To be continued…
May you cultivate your Sati continuously (Samma-Viriya)!
May you achieve the Samma-Diṭṭhi (Right View) through Satipatthāna (vipassana meditation)!
May all practice well and reach to Magga (道, the path of enlightenment) and Phala (果, the fruit of enlightenment)!
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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