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Dhamma Letter No. 99
Satipatthana 23: Kayanupassana 14: Sati practice in daily life
While a bhikkhu is going forward or returning, Whether looking forward or sideways, Even while bending or straightening (body or limb), Even while wearing robe or carrying a alms-bowl,
while eating, drinking, chewing or swallowing (food), When urinating or having a bowel movement, while walking, standing, sitting, sleeping or waking up, And while speaking or silent, he notices and understands it.
In this way, he dwells contemplating the body from the inside, observing the body from the outside, and observing the body from the inside and outside.
He spends his time observing phenomena occurring in the body, observing phenomena that disappear from the body, and also observing phenomena that arise and disappear simultaneously in the body.
The awareness that 'this is the body' is established in him.
Thus he develops his awareness to a level where there is only wisdom and right awareness. In this way, he lives detachedly without attachment to anything in the world of mind and matter.
This, bhikkhus, is the way a bhikkhu lives by observing the body from body to body."
Mindfulness practice should be continued in all daily life 24/7, not just sitting and walking meditation. When getting up from a sitting position, you need to be aware of getting up from your seat and moving while you get up.
Whether you are sitting or standing, driving, eating, or any other daily activity, awareness must continue.
When mindfulness is followed, unwholesomeness can be prevented from arising. If you enter the stage of deep meditation and look at it in a pure state, all actions performed without mindfulness can be viewed as unwholesome. We must continue our mindfulness toward the state of nirvana, where all defilements have been removed by uprooting all the three poisons (Lobha, Dosa, Moha - dhamma letter no. 64). Then, you are free from any suffering / dissatisfaction.
You have to practice noticing all the actions of the rough state so that you can gradually reach the pure state. Small awareness repeatedly is more important than grandiose. Ask yourself what you are noticing right now over six senses. The more you become aware of the moments, the stronger the power of mindfulness will be.
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)!
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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