Dhamma Letter No. 83
Satipatthana 8 : Kayanupassana 1 : Q&A 24
Q: Should the four foundations of satipatthana be cultivated one by one over time (for instance, just kayanupassana for months or years), or can they be used as needed depending on whatever is strongest? I've read that the foundations move from coarse to refined objects, but I'm not sure about this.
A: It depends on personal parami and conditions. It can be cultivated one by one and all together at the same time. Yes, it can be used as needed depending on whatever is strongest.
Kaya (body), Vedana (feeling), Citta (mind) and Dhamma are through body and mind only. Body and mind (Nāmarūpa) reflect each other simultaneously. But it is easy to observe on the body first.
The more practice one by one, the clearer understanding will come.
And then, you will see that they go all together at the same time.
To be continued…
May you cultivate your Sati continuously (Samma-Viriya)!
May you achieve the Samma-Sati through Satipatthāna (vipassana meditation)!
May all practice well and reach to Magga (道, the path of enlightenment) and Phala(果, the fruit of enlightenment)!
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
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