2. Mindfulness Sutra

The Mindfulness Sutra, in its earliest extant form, dates back to the Pali Canon, preserved in Sri Lanka within a relatively isolated and undisturbed branch of the Theravadan tradition. In some form, however, it is found in every branch of Buddhism – a foundational text conveying a rich resource for Buddhist practitioners at every stage of practice. "Thus have I heard..." this sutra begins. And at the beginning Buddha describes this way of mindfulness, or present moment awareness, as the "one way", the "only way" or the "ultimate way" to overcome suffering and realize freedom. The first step is mindfulness of body, including extensive attention to the breath. Then mindfulness of feelings, consciousness and mental objects -- each defined in conceptual categories specific to Buddhist psychology. In these talks Zoketsu brings a broad understanding of the Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources of the Mindfulness Sutra and their application in the craft of Buddhist practice.

Books

 
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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
A classic by the pioneering and very learned German monk who was aware of contemporary Western needs. Very good book.
Nyanaponika Thera
Jun 01, 1973
Mindfulness in Plain English
A clear and useful commentary to the Mindfulness Sutta.
Henepola Gunaratana
Sep 25, 2002
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
A good commentary by an Asian Theravadin monk who taught in the West. Includes extensive use of traditional commenta...
Ven U Silananda
Jan 25, 2003
Transformation & Healing
Thay’s beautiful translation and discussion of the Mindfulness sutra.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Jul 28, 2006

Audio

 
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Mindfulness 1 - Metta Institute
First of two part talk on Mindfulness given to the Metta Institute
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 30, 2007
Mindfulness 2 - Metta Institute
Second talk on Mindfulness given to Metta Institute.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 31, 2007
Four Establishments of Mindfulness - Talk 2
Norman gives his second talk on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness based on Thich Nhat Hanh's book "Transformatio...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 14, 2014
Four Establishments of Mindfulness - Talk 3
Norman gives the third talk on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness based on Thich Nhat Hanh's book "Transformation...
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 21, 2014
Four Establishments of Mindfulness - Talk 4
Norman gives his fourth and final talk on Mindfulness
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
May 28, 2014

Texts

 
Title
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Author/Lecturer
Date

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Mindfulness 1 - Metta Institute
First of two part talk on Mindfulness given to the Metta Institute
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 30, 2007
Mindfulness 2 - Metta Institute
Second talk on Mindfulness given to Metta Institute.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
Jul 31, 2007