The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Bhante Gunaratana, in his trademark type, renders in simple English what the Buddha stated approximately mindfulness, delivering transparent directions on how those ideas can be utilized to enhance lifestyle, deepen mindfulness, and movement towards religious objectives. even though his presentation relies on a vintage textual content, the Satipatthana Sutta, it truly is completely glossy. The perform of considering the 4 Foundations—mindfulness of the physique, emotions, brain, and phenomena themselves—is suggested for individuals at each degree of the non secular direction. because the Buddha says, every body “should be exhorted, settled, and tested within the improvement of those 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.”

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By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Bhante Gunaratana, in his trademark type, renders in simple English what the Buddha stated approximately mindfulness, delivering transparent directions on how those ideas can be utilized to enhance lifestyle, deepen mindfulness, and movement towards religious objectives. even though his presentation relies on a vintage textual content, the Satipatthana Sutta, it truly is completely glossy. The perform of considering the 4 Foundations—mindfulness of the physique, emotions, brain, and phenomena themselves—is suggested for individuals at each degree of the non secular direction. because the Buddha says, every body “should be exhorted, settled, and tested within the improvement of those 4 Foundations of Mindfulness.”

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When Rongzom states that the view of Mantra supersedes the Madhyamaka view it is necessary to understand what type of Madhyamaka he is referring to. We will now examine Rongzom’s critique of Madhyamaka and how it illuminates his view of Mantra. We will also explore how this critique may have influenced Mipham, who considers Rongzom an important source of his Madhyamaka presentation. A hermeneutical link can be demonstrated between Rongzom’s critique of Madhyamaka and his promotion of the notion of purity on the esoteric level.

It accepts or negates with reference to the way things appear to it. With such dialectics it is indeed not possible to establish the vast and profound meaning.

2. 2 The Superiority of Mantra According to the Nyingma School For the remaining part of this section, we will focus on the way that the Nyingma school traditionally has held the esoteric view as superior to the sūtric view. Although our concern will mainly be with Nyingma authors, we shall also briefly examine the views of Tsongkhapa and Sapaṇ as representatives of the New Schools. We m an t r a fro m a n y ingm a per spect ive 31 will attempt to present a general Nyingma outlook on Tantra to contextualize the subsequent discussion of Rongzom’s critique of Madhyamaka and his preference for the esoteric notion of purity.

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