In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipaţţhānas) are "the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha (suffering) and discontent, for acquiring the true method, for the realization of Nibbana." Within the quintessential discourse called the Satipaţţhāna Sutta, we find the Buddha's seminal teachings about the practice of meditation.
On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, esteemed teacher and author Joseph Goldstein presents a seven-CD audio curriculum to reveal the deeper insights of this vital sutta—and how it serves to inform and guide your own daily practice.
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The Declaration of the Direct Path to Realization
Goldstein sets the stage for your journey through the sutta by clarifying the Buddha's initial declaration of the "direct path" to awakening that is its promise.
Through the wisdom of Buddhist masters of ancient and modern times and the expertise of his own 40-year study and practice, he shares the subtle nuances of each key term derived from the original Pali. Where do you find the ardency to sustain and balance your efforts along the path? How do you cultivate the breadth of mindfulness that makes any spiritual undertaking possible? What strengthens your perception of impermanence—both internally and externally?
With Goldstein's lucid instruction, you will discover a wellspring of profound revelations to revitalize and mature your practice, and help you bring forth its fruits in every area of your life.
- Explore the four abidings of mindfulness, or qualities of mind, as the direct path for awakening
- Observe the three kinds of cravings and desires, and how they manifest
- Analyze how mindfulness of the body is the first foundation of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha
- Discuss the ways of clearly knowing and the four basic qualities of matter in relationship to the relative (objective or conceptual) and the ultimate (subjective or direct) levels of experience or truth
The First Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Body
On Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body, Goldstein introduces you to the first satipaţţhāna, the domain of the body. Here, you will learn the cornerstone techniques for successful meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha himself.
From appropriate places and postures for practice to clear comprehension of all aspects of the body to the elements and energies that make up our physical form, Goldstein brings you to the threshold of the "ultimate truth" of our bodies. Includes 36-page study guide.
The author's proceeds from this program will benefit the Insight Meditation Society's Forest Refuge retreat center.
"Joseph Goldstein's Satipaţţhāna Sutta Series has been extremely helpful and invaluable for me personally and for our community dharma group here in Vermont. Joseph's brilliant, detailed, and patient discussion of each section of the sutta has brought greater understanding of the breadth and depth of the Buddha's teachings. These beautiful and inspiring talks can be appreciated and savored by listening to them again and again. Each time I listen, I hear and learn something new that directly influences both my meditation practice and its integration into every aspect of my life in the world. I highly recommend this series of talks for anyone who wishes to delve into the extraordinary richness of the dharma that is, like these talks, 'good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end.'"