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“Surely destined to become the classic commentary on the Satipatthana” —Christopher Titmuss Now in its second printing!

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“Surely destined to become the classic commentary on the Satipatthana” —Christopher Titmuss Now in its second printing!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781899579549
  • Publisher: Windhorse Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 397,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures x
Introduction 1
Translation of the Satipatthana Sutta 3
Chapter I General Aspects of the Direct Path 15
1 Overview of the Satipatthana Sutta 15
2 A Survey of the Four Satipatthanas 19
3 The Relevance of Each Satipatthana for Realization 21
4 The Character of Each Satipatthana 24
5 The Expression "Direct Path" 27
6 The Term Satipatthana 29
Chapter II The "Definition" Part of the Satipatthana Sutta 31
1 Contemplation 32
2 The Significance of Being Diligent (Atapi) 34
3 Clearly Knowing (Sampajana) 39
4 Mindfulness and Clear Knowledge 41
Chapter III Sati 44
1 The Early Buddhist Approach to Knowledge 44
2 Sati 46
3 The Role and Position of Sati 49
4 Sati Imagery 53
5 Characteristics and Functions of Sati 57
6 Sati and Concentration (Samadhi) 61
Chapter IV The Relevance of Concentration 67
1 Freedom From Desires and Discontent 67
2 Concentration, Right Concentration, and Absorption 72
3 Absorption and Realization 79
4 The Contribution of Absorption to the Progress of Insight 85
5 Calm and Insight 88
Chapter V The Satipatthana "Refrain" 92
1 Internal and External Contemplation 94
2 Alternative Interpretations of Internal and External Contemplation 99
3 Impermanence 102
4 Dependent Co-Arising (Paticca Samuppada) 107
5 The Principle of Dependent Co-Arising and its Practical Application 110
6 Mere Awareness and Clinging to Nothing 112
Chapter VI The Body 117
1 The Body Contemplations 117
2 Purpose and Benef its of Contemplation of the Body 121
3 Mindfulness of Breathing 125
4 The Anapanasati Sutta 133
5 Postures and Activities 136
6 Anatomical Parts and Elements 146
7 Corpse in Decay and Meditation on Death 152
Chapter VII Feelings 156
1 Contemplation of Feelings 156
2 Feelings and Views (Ditthi) 161
3 Pleasant Feeling and the Importance of Joy 164
4 Unpleasant Feeling 168
5 Neutral Feeling 171
Chapter VIII Mind 173
1 Contemplation of the Mind 173
2 Non-Reactive Awareness of One's State of Mind 175
3 Four "Ordinary" States of Mind 177
4 Four "Higher" States of Mind 179
Chapter IX Dhammas: The Hindrances 182
1 Contemplation of Dhammas 182
2 Contemplation of the Five Hindrances 186
3 The Importance of Recognizing the Hindrances 190
4 Conditions for Presence or Absence of a Hindrance 192
Chapter X Dhammas: The Aggregates 201
1 The Five Aggregates 201
2 The Historical Context of the Teaching on Anatta 207
3 Empirical Self and Contemplation of the Aggregates 209
4 Arising and Passing Away of the Aggregates 213
Chapter XI Dhammas: The Sense-Spheres 216
1 The Sense-Spheres and the Fetters 216
2 The Perceptual Process 222
3 Cognitive Training 226
4 The Instruction to Bahiya 229
Chapter XII Dhammas: The Awakening Factors 233
1 Contemplation of the Awakening Factors 233
2 The Conditional Sequence of the Awakening Factors 235
3 Benefits of Developing the Awakening Factors 239
Chapter XIII Dhammas: The Four Noble Truths 243
1 The Implications of Dukkha 243
2 The Four Noble Truths 245
3 Contemplation of the Four Noble Truths 247
Chapter XIV Realization 250
1 Gradual and Sudden 251
2 Nibbana and its Ethical Implications 257
3 The Early Buddhist Conception of Nibbana 260
4 Nibbana: Neither All-Embracing Unity Nor Annihilation 262
Chapter XV Conclusion 266
1 Key Aspects of Satipatthana 266
2 The Importance of Satipatthana 271
Bibliography 279
List of Abbreviations 301
Glossary 303
Index 309
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