Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S4.2 Summary & Conclusion Day 1


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This set of slides is from the Satipatthana Workshop conducted by Venerable Aggacitta at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary between July 26-29, 2012.

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Satipatthana Sutta Workshop - S4.2 Summary & Conclusion Day 1

  1. 1. Satipaṭṭhāna SuttaStudy with Meditation Workshop Part 1.1Summary & Conclusion ●Preamble● Background & Structure of the Sutta ● Abstract & Definition ● Breathing ● Postures & Clear Knowing 1
  2. 2. Preamble1) Good first step to have micro-view of the suttas to check the claims of various teachers2) Macro-view also important to prevent development of fanatical partisan mindset3) Our extant sets of scriptures took many centuries to be compiled & recorded because of poor communication and also because the Buddha preached in many dialects4) No sutta can be 100% authentic but elements common to all schools and traditions have the highest chances of authenticity 2
  3. 3. Preamble5) The primary aim of Buddhist education is to get the right information for effective practice to reduce the influence of defilements and eventually liberate the mind from them completely6) Right practice should result in a postive transformation of character reflected in such attitudes as being more patient, forgiving, understanding, open-minded, accepting, humble, selfless, etc. 3
  4. 4. Background & Structure of the Sutta 1) No background story in the Sutta itself, but the commentary filled it in 2) Ajahn Sujāto’s research suggests that it is not authentic but is a composite of extracts from other suttas plus other added materials 3) The “backbone” of the Sutta is the vipassanā refrain 4) Ajahn Sujāto’s reconstructed “Satipaṭṭhāna Mūla” has very few exercises and does not have a vipassanā refrain 4
  5. 5. Abstract & Definition1) Ekāyano = “one-way” and not “only way”2) Sati = awareness of past object, although popularly translated as “mindfulness” and equated with “present-moment awareness”3) Sampajāno = “clear knowing” is applicable to all 4 satipaṭṭhānas, not just to kāyānupassanā4) Although worldly longing and dejection need not be totally removed, one must be able to subdue them in order to step back and observe them objectively 5
  6. 6. Breathing1) The Buddha did not specify where to focus attention while being mindful of breathing2) “Experiencing the whole body” can be interpreted and practised in 2 ways which are both reasonable3) Nothing is mentioned about shifting attention from the breath to a nimitta (“reflex image”)4) There are 2 ways of interpreting “internal” and “external” 6
  7. 7. Postures & Clear Knowing1) Labelling during meditation is an expedient tool recommended even in the Sutta2) The BARR test to process intentions is useful under all circumstances3) It is a myth that “one should not think during meditation” because proper/wise/thorough reflection & deliberation (yoniso manasikāra) are often encouraged in the suttas 7