Sutra on Mindfulness

In our study group on mindfulness and psychotherapy, we've been asking the question, "What do the original sources tell us that will help us integrate mindfulness into psychotherapy?" I thought it would be good to make the most important sutra on mindfulness available here. This is the Mahasatipatthana Sutta, often translated as "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness," although the title also has more subtle meanings. Maha means "great." Sati means "mindfulness," but it also has the connotation of "remembering." The term uppathana refers to a process of repeated penetration. Sutta is a buddhist teaching. So the Mahasatipatthana Sutta is the great teaching about entering mindfulness time and time again, or I suppose we could say "the teaching on mindfulness practice."

At any rate, here are some translations available on the web. Enjoy your reading!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you! great!!