Dhamma Letter No. 41

Contemplation of the Mind(Cittānupassanā) in Vipassana Meditation 2

In Vipassanā's meditation method there is a practice of meditation on Body, Feeling, Mind, and Dhamma (The Four Foundations of Mindfulness) to reach Nirvana— the state of complete happiness in which all anguish disappears.

Cittānupassanā’s (Contemplation of the Mind) method of establishing awareness by observing the mind through Sati (mindfulness) plays the most important role in understanding the ultimate macrocosm of Dhamma (The Law of Nature) and applying it as a law in daily life. Nevertheless, its importance has been overlooked compared to other methods of meditation. We must also note that there are various studies and methods which have not been popularized overall. The reason why the practice of Cittānupassanā is not well known is because the subject itself, the mind, is strenuous and at times, unfathomable. It is considered that beginners had difficulty in performing it, and thus, the study has not been actively taught. 

This method was initiated due to the importance of the application of ‘mind observation’. The Contemplation of the Mind is the most central point of ‘the four mindfulness practices’ which must be deepened and developed in order to reach the Buddha’s ultimate enlightenment.

To be continued…

With Metta,

Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich 

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