four foundations of mindfulness

Last Introductory Mindfulness Course of 2015

by Peter Carlson on November 3, 2015

There will be another Four Foundations Of Mindfulness course offered at the Women’s Club of Winter Park, on four Monday nights from 7 to 9, from November 23 to December 14.  This course will be the last intro course offered until March of 2016.  The course reviews the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the key discourses of Buddhism.  The teacher, Peter Carlson, has been teaching this course periodically for over 20 years, and approaches this practice as a profoundly spiritual psychology (or a profoundly psychological spirituality?).  The topic of mindfulness is currently being very thoroughly investigated scientifically, and applied to relieving  distress associated with workplace stress, recovery from addiction, as well as general anxiety and mood disorders.

Each evening’s meetings will include a training meditation focused on mindfulness of breathing, a practice fundamental to all the Buddhist traditions and applicable to all faith traditions.  The course fee is $50, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, a non-profit corporation, and pays for the rental of the facility as well as subsidizing the cost of retreats for those  who want to experience the benefits of intensive mindfulness training.

Here is the flyer for the course:   FOUR FOUNDATIONS course flyer

Four Tetrads And Four Foundations Talk

by Peter Carlson on May 7, 2015

This recording follows the Guided Four Tetrads And Four Foundations Meditation recording posted just prior to this posting.  During the talk, Peter reviewed the 16 stanzas/four tetrads of the Anapanasati Sutta, explaining that the first three tetrads focus on the cultivation of samadhi/passadhi (concentration and tranquility), primarily through using the first and second foundations of mindfulness (mindfulness of the breath/body and mindfulness of feelings) to set aside the five hindrances to samadhi/passadhi.  The fourth tetrad involves the cultivation of vipassana, that is, the direct knowledge of impermanence, which, along with samadhi/passadhi, develops dispassion, liberation from craving/clinging and letting go of the misperception of a secure, enduring self.

Notes on Four Tetrads And Four Foundations

by Peter Carlson on April 23, 2015

This posting contains the notes prepared related to the .mp3 recording Four Tetrads And Four Foundations April 22 2015:  Four Tetrads and Four Foundations

Four Tetrads And Four Foundations

by Peter Carlson on April 23, 2015

During this talk, Peter reviewed the four groups of four stanzas in the Anapanasati Sutta as they relate to the four foundations of mindfulness.  The four groups of stanzas are called the four tetrads.  The intention in this presentation is to foster an integration of mindfulness of breathing with the four foundations as they appear in the sutta.

Next week’s discussion will explore practical applications of mindfulness of breathing to the cultivation of the four foundations.

The next post will contain the notes prepared relative to this talk

Mindfulness of the Body

by Peter Carlson on March 28, 2013

During this dialogue, Judy reviewed kayanupassana, mindfulness of the body, from the Satipatthana Sutta, which is usually translated as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.  She explained that the “body” referred to is the aggregation of all the parts of the body, including the senses and breath awareness–in Pali, kaya can apply to a group of people, a bunch of bananas, etc.  She placed emphasis on the aspect of kayanupassana called satisampajjhana, which can be translated as mindfulness/clear comprehension of how the body moves during the experience of moving, that is, while standing, walking, eating, reaching, etc.  Additionally, the value of awareness of a worthy goal, suitable means for achieving the goal, the field of awareness that’s applied to maintain the suitable means–all in the context of non-greed, non-aversion and wisdom.

Satipatthana-Mindfulness of Breathing

—In this dialogue, Judy presented two translations of the beginning of the Satipatthana Sutta, usually translated as The Four Foundation of Mindfulness, and then explained how important it is to practice mindfulness of breathing meditation in order to understand the first section, mindfulness of the body.  During the talk, she invited the sangha to briefly […]

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Essential Mental Qualities

In this Dharma talk, Tommy and the Sangha explore the Buddha’s teachings on abiding in contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and dhammas—diligent, clearly knowing, and mindful, free from desires and discontent in regard to this world.  These are considered essential mental qualities.

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