Right Mindfulness

12553030_10207474261190463_1323180118676713808_nThe term translated into English as “mindfulness” originates in the Sanskrit term smrti and its Pali counterpart sati, which literally means “that which is remembered”.

The primary connotation of the Sanskrit term smrti is “recollection”. Thus, mindfulness implies “remembering to be aware of something or to do something at a designated time”.

Five Components of Right Mindfulness

  1. determination: clear intention to perform a specific action
  2. concentration: decreased mental musing and withdrawal from sense intrusion
  3. recollection: constant remembrance of what to adopt and what to avoid
  4. focused attention: close observation of a single object of relevance
  5. vigilance: careful watchfulness for deviation from any of the above components

In the ultimate sense, Right Mindfulness is both the result of the strict observance of the previous components of the Eightfold Noble Path (from Right View to Right Livelihood) and the essential support of Right Concentration.

One is mindful to abandon wrong view and to enter and remain in Right View.

One is mindful to abandon wrong intention and to enter and remain in Right Thought.

One is mindful to abandon wrong speech and to enter and remain in Right Speech.

One is mindful to abandon wrong conduct and to enter and remain in Right Conduct.

One is mindful to abandon wrong livelihood and to enter and remain in Right Livelihood.

This is Right Mindfulness.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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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3 Responses to Right Mindfulness

  1. Pingback: Buddhism and The Dharma:Right Mindfulness — Great Middle Way | GoodnightNina.

  2. marthachapman1942@yahoo.com says:

    Thank you Tashi. 

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    Saturday, March 26, 2016, 10:05 AM -0500 from comment-reply@wordpress.com : >Tashi Nyima posted: “The term translated into English as “mindfulness” originates in the Sanskrit term smrti and its Pali counterpart sati, which literally means “that which is remembered”.

    The primary connotation of the Sanskrit term smrti is “recollection”. Thus, mindfulne” >

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