Dhamma Letter No. 78
Satipatthana 3 : Q&A 24 How to keep the sati(mindfulness)?
How to keep the sati(mindfulness)?
In English translation, sati is called ‘mindfulness’. When we practice satipatthana(4 foundations of mindfulness meditation), people try hard to be mindful if we say that one should be mindful.
Sayadaw u tejaniya describes ‘re-mind’ as Sati, rather than ‘mindful’. As soon as trying mindfulness, one has a tension and too much focus on the mind as mind-full. It is against the purpose of the meditation.
If the mind is getting tired during or after the practice. Something is wrong with the way you are practicing.
Just remind yourself ‘what is the mind doing right now?’ ‘Am I thinking? Or being aware?’ ‘Where is the mind now?’ ‘Observing the mind or holding an object?’ ‘What kind of object is with the mind?’ If you ask like that, a sati is already there. Then the mind can be in the present at the moment.
As mentioned in Dhamma letter no.74, when the mind always takes on an object, it keeps changing the objects and sustains the mind.
Therefore, if you do not keep an eye on your mind at every moment, you will be drawn to your karma and take the object, so it is difficult to maintain a healthy and wise state.
The Buddha left a will of the importance of Sati until just before his death.
Conditioned things are perishable; (vayadhammā sankhārā)
with vigilance strive to succeed; (appamādena saṃpadethā)
May you cultivate your Sati continuously!
May you achieve the Samma-Sati through vipassana meditation!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
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