Dhamma Letter No. 82
Satipatthana 7 : The contents in 4 foundations of mindfulness
The Great Sutra (大念處经: Mahāsatipatthāna Sutta on the establishment of awareness) consists of the following:
Observation of the body (Kāyānupassanā)
1) breath (Ānāpāna)
2) body posture (Iriyāpatha)
3) the continuous and thorough understanding of impermanence (Sampajāna)
4) reflection against disgust (Paṭikūlamanasikāra)
5) the observations of the four material elements (Dhātumanasikāra)
6) the contemplations of the nine in the cemetery (Navsivathika)
Observation of the feeling (Vedanānupassanā)
Observation of the mind (Cittāanupassanā)
Observation of the Dhamma (Dhammānupassanā)
1) the Hindrance (五蓋 Nīvaraṇa)
2) the Five aggregates (五蘊 Khandha)
3) the Six External and Six Internal Sense-Bases (六處 Āyatana)
4) the Seven factors of Enlightenment (七覺支 Bojjhaṅga)
5) the Noble Truth (四聖諦 Catu Ārya Satya)
It should be noted here that the aforementioned phenomena of the body, feeling, and mind are none other than dhamma (natural law).
Now, the entire process of meditation is summarized here, and it is intended to observe the Dhamma. It is important to note that these doctrines are not theoretically discriminated against, but rather, the Dhamma is actually experienced in a concrete phenomenon.
In Vipassana meditation, the most important thing is to try to separate the mind from the objects and observe each object objectively.
To be continued…
May you cultivate your Sati continuously (Samma-Viriya)!
May you achieve the Samma-Sati through Satipatthāna (vipassana meditation)!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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