Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2

On Feeling, the Mind, and Dhamma

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In the words of the Buddha, the four foundations of mindfulness (the four satipaţ­ţ­hāna) 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 2: On Feeling, the Mind & Dhamma, esteemed teacher and author Joseph Goldstein presents a nine-CD audio curriculum to reveal the deeper insights of this vital sutta—and how it serves to inform and guide your own daily practice.

The Second Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Feelings

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the second foundation of mindfulness: mindfulness of the feelings, including worldly and unworldly feelings
  • Discuss the third foundation of mindfulness: mindfulness of the mind, including a discussion of self-judgment, as well as the contracted and distracted mind
  • Explore the refrain of the Sutta: including the mindfulness of reactivity, the mindfulness of arising and passing away, as well as the mindfulness of internal and external experience
  • Discuss the fourth foundation of mindfulness: mindfulness of the Dhammas, including mindfulness of the five hindrances (desire, aversion, sloth and torpor, restlessness, and doubt)
  • Explore the five aggregates, including material elements, feeling, perception and formations, formations and consciousness, as well as non-self

The Buddha begins this pivotal section of the sutta with a rhetorical question: how does one abide contemplating feelings? Before you can answer this question, explains Goldstein, you must understand what the Buddha means by "feeling." Returning to the Pali word vedana, he points out the qualities of "pleasantness, unpleasantness, or neutrality" that arise in every moment of experience. For it is close attention to each of these qualities that unlocks our deepest patterns of conditioning—and removes our greatest obstacles to liberation.

From the crucial distinction between "worldly" and "unworldly" feelings to practical methods for "de-conditioning" habitual responses, Goldstein elucidates the Buddha's instructions for achieving a deeper happiness and ease of being through moment-by-moment mindfulness of feelings.

The Third and Fourth Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Mind, Mindfulness of Dhammas

As you continue your exploration of the Satipaţ­ţ­hāna Sutta, Goldstein brings you to the third and fourth foundations of mindfulness: Mindfulness of Mind and Mindfulness of Dhammas (or "categories of phenomena"). Here, you will learn what it means to "take responsibility for your own heart and mind"—the central art of the third foundation—through the pragmatic discernment of skillful and wholesome mind states and their counterparts, and direct investigation of the higher states of mind, including "concentrated" and "liberated" mind, and more. Next, you progress through the beginning sections of the fourth foundation, with Goldstein's step-by-step guidance about working with the hindrances and the aggregates. Includes 35-page study guide.

Note: Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 3, will contain remaining talks about the fourth foundation.

The author's proceeds from this program will benefit the Insight Meditation Society's Forest Refuge retreat center.

"I love these teachings. They have been very important to me, and have made a notable difference in my life. Each time I go through the series from beginning to end (the series lends itself to this kind of repeated study), new levels of understanding open for me, the teachings inspiring and supporting formal and daily practice, and the practice allowing for successively deeper levels of listening. It is without exaggeration that I can say the Satipaţ­ţ­hāna collection has been a major door opener for me, making the Buddha’s words and instructions readily accessible, allowing for the direct translation of those teachings into here-and-now life changing practice, and, yes, palpably feeding the ongoing transformation of my own suffering into the path to freedom."

—Lloyd Williams


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Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Linda S

This is an outstanding talk and is really a wonderful companion to Venerable Analayo's teachings from his book, "Satipatthana, the Direct Path To Realization".....Joseph's words and deep understanding bring the teachings to my heart...thank you.

(Posted on 1/17/2014)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Christopher J


(Posted on 8/28/2013)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Bonnie M

These CDs would not play on my portable CD player. On another player they did play but the content is present so slowly that I found it hard to focus. Just his style, I guess.

(Posted on 3/13/2013)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Leticia L

After much research and meditation the past few years I was drawn to this course. All I can say is - WOW! I love these teachings. Joseph Goldstein! Phenomenal course. Thank you so much for putting this retreat on CD's. I have prayed my entire life and have always felt a strong draw to the spiritual realm and after listening to your course it is apparent that I have to go to that silence daily to give me that extra pause to contemplate every moment of life. I do hope someday I am able to attend one of your retreats. I just ordered volume one on the body. Blessings to you Joseph. You are excellent at delivering these teachings.

(Posted on 1/22/2013)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Stanley L. Rose

Love it and am using it as a "retreat" to really work with it.
Would be 5 stars but, since we listen over and over, the personal stories get boring (like many other live recordings of workshops, etc.). If a CD/Download version could edit out some of those stories it would be ideal.

(Posted on 5/29/2012)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Jim Hasse

Joseph is on a roll. What a great foundation in mindfulness I am getting. Sounds True, you are wonderful.

(Posted on 1/6/2012)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Cheryl Ann Ford

I love listening to these
talks over and over again in my car as I commute to and from work. I am so calm these days!

(Posted on 1/5/2012)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by Robert Soderquist

A great practical, hands on approach to teaching minfulness.

(Posted on 12/22/2011)

Review for Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 2 Review by James Jackson

Solid as a rock...best buy on the market. See also Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 1.

(Posted on 9/23/2011)



Contents 9 CDs (645 minutes); 1 Study guide (35 pages)
Date Published October 01, 2007
ISBN-10 1-59179-645-8
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-645-9
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF01213D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (10 hours, 45 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published October 01, 2007
ISBN-10 1-59179-975-9
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-975-7
Product Code AF01213W

CE Credits

Contents 13 CE credits
Date Published July 12, 2010
Product Code CE01957