Joseph Goldstein – Insight Hour – Ep. 59 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Continuous Mindfulness

continuous mindfulness

In this episode of the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph looks at The Satipatthāna Sutta’s teachings on the bare knowledge and continuous mindfulness that arise through contemplation.

Listen to the last part of this series here:  Ep. 58 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Impermanence

Contemplation of the Body

Joseph reviews the key concepts of The Satipatthāna Sutta we have examined so far in this series. He introduces the next aspect of self-realization that needs to be incorporated into our practice: contemplation of body – our feelings, mind and dhammas.

“Mindfulness that there is a body is established in one to the extent necessary for bare knowledge and continuous mindfulness.” – The Buddha, The Satipatthāna Sutta

Bare Knowing (6:10)

How can we change the part of us that overlooks the present in search of something else – something special? We explore how mindfulness of the body allows for the cultivation of bare knowledge and a quality of mindfulness that endures. Joseph discusses how we begin to see these qualities arise through contemplative practice and looks at the traps of attachment that can come along with these experiences.

“Bare knowledge here means observing phenomena objectively without getting lost in our reactions. It is the simple and direct knowledge of what is present without making up stories about our experience.” – Joseph Goldstein

The Momentum of Mindfulness (22:55)

How do we build the momentum for continuous mindfulness? Joseph explores the Buddha’s teachings on practices that establish a foundation for mindfulness.

“As the mindfulness gets stronger, we sit more in that space of open choice-less awareness, simply noting whatever arises moment to moment.” – Joseph Goldstein

There is a Body (36:45)

Joseph reflects on The Satipatthāna Sutta’s instructions around taking notice of our physical experience in our body – this is what is happening. How does recognizing our body cultivate continuity of mindfulness?

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