Foundations of Mindfulness

46699208212_edbab3d0a1_oThe Buddha identified four foundations of mindfulness (catuḥ-smṛtyupasthāna) as antidotes to four habitual misunderstandings that are the root of suffering in everyday life. These mistakes lead to distorted perceptions, thoughts, and views that generate mental afflictions (attachment, aversion, and indifference).

We mistake the body as pure and pleasant, but it is corruptible and painful.

We mistake feelings for genuine experiences, but they are reactive projections.

We mistake the mind for a real self, but it is a mere continuum of thoughts.

We mistake phenomena for external objects, but they are internal mental representations.

By closely inspecting the body, feelings, the mind, and phenomena, we abandon these habitual misunderstandings. —TN

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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