Right Mindfulness And Authentic Dhamma


Mindfulness means to recollect or to hold-in-mind. The Buddha taught a very specific application of Right or Refined Mindfulness that avoids the grasping-after-all-phenomena mindfulness popular in modern Buddhism-By-Common-Agreement. This Refined Mindfulness requires the deep and profound concentration developed only through Jhana Meditation practiced with mindfulness of the Eightfold Path.

These are sutta’s with commentary and associated talks that broadly teach the importance of a well-concentrated mind supporting the refined mindfulness necessary to recognize and integrate a pure and authentic Dhamma practice. Many of these are articles and recordings on specific suttas where the Buddha cautions against creating fabricated self-referential views in speculative, imaginary, non-physical realms or rituals and practices based hopeful speculation. The Buddha taught Refined Mindfulness framed by and guided by the Eightfold Path based on his profound understanding of the cause of all manner of disappointment, stress, and suffering as described in the Paticcasamuppada Sutta, the primary sutta on Dependent Origination.

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A Dhamma of Mindfulness

Throughout the Buddha’s teaching he emphasized mindfulness. Mindfulness is the quality of mind that brings insight to the Buddha’s teaching…

Dispassion – Freedom From Desire

The Buddha taught that conditioned states of mind have definite and direct causes. This is often referred as the law of conditionality or the law of “if this occurs then that results”…

Paradox and the Dhamma

Engaging in the dhamma and taking true refuge in the dhamma does not begin with recognizing the paradox of attempting to “save all sentient beings” but with the realistic and achievable goal…

Right Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the context of The Four Noble Truths is to abandon the distraction of stress arising from craving clinging, and remain focused on The Eightfold Path…

For All Who Reside In The Dhamma - Agantuka Sutta

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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Acharya Buddharakkhita, Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain contextual relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

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