Mindfulness and clarity

When walking, he knows “I am walking”;

when standing, he knows “I am standing”;

when sitting, he knows “I am sitting”;

when lying down, he knows “I am lying down”.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Satipatthana Sutta 

Beyond basic mindfulness, it is advised that we develop clear knowledge of all our activities in four ways:

  • How does this particular act further our purposes?
  • Is it suitable to this time, this place, and this circumstance?
  • May it be performed with grace, dignity, and restraint?
  • Can it be accomplished without conceptual elaborations about the agent, the act, and the recipient?

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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1 Response to Mindfulness and clarity

  1. MindMindful says:

    Reblogged this on MindMindful and commented:
    This teaching certainly encourages us to take a moment before automatically acting on something ………… in most cases, probably a good thing, haha

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