Dhamma Letter No. 76
Satipatthana : What is Sati? 1
What is sati?
According to the Pali dictionary, Sati (usually translated in mindfulness) means ‘memory, recognition, consciousness’. To remember is the number one meaning.
It can't cause memory loss. If there is no memory, no Sati is there or Sati is not strong enough.
We, human beings, keep an object all the time continuously. If you don't have the sati(mindfulness) on the wholesome object, the mind follows the tract of your kamma. Then the mind are having an unwholesome object like worry about the future or memories of the past without your intention. Therefore, you need to keep your Sati as much as you can for the wholesome mind.
Buddha described in Digha Nikaya about Sati with 3 conditions.
Necessary or not
Beneficial or not
Appropriate or not
When you realize that your mind is wondering or thinking about something you are not sure it, you can check these 3 conditions at that moment.
Sati is not just attention or mindfulness. It is a beautiful mind with wisdom.
To be continued…
May you cultivate your mind with Sati!
May you have a beautiful mind through vipassana meditation!
May you develop wisdom with Sati!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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