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  • Arthur J
    They are four types of mindfulness.... Each of the four types corresponds to each of the Four Noble Truths. The four types of mindfulness are sustaining
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2004
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      They are four types of mindfulness.... Each of the
      four types corresponds to each of the Four Noble
      Truths. The four types of mindfulness are sustaining
      mindfulness of the body, feelings, the mind and
      phenomena. Through that, uncontrived bodhicitta is
      developed. There is an instinctive understanding of
      which acts are unskillful and one firmly establishes
      those that are skillful. When there is mindfulness,
      there is meditation; and when there is no mindfulness,
      there is no meditation. Mindfulness is the freeway to
      Enlightenment. Sustaining mindfulness of the body
      focuses specifically on its impermanent and composite
      nature - the aggregation of many factors. Thus, there
      is nothing to be attached to. This meditation leads to
      a clear understanding of the First Noble Truth - the
      truth of suffering - and one develops a strong wish
      for liberation. Sustaining mindfulness of the feelings
      focuses specifically on the temporary nature of the
      good or bad feelings. This contemplation leads to the
      understanding of the Second Noble Truth - the truth of
      the cause of suffering - which causes one to abandon
      desire and aversion. Sustaining mindfulness of the
      mind focuses specifically on its momentary nature.
      This contemplation leads to insight into the Third
      Noble Truth - the truth of the cessation of suffering
      - and one realizes that there is no permanent and
      independent self. Sustaining mindfulness of the
      phenomena focuses specifically on them lacking
      self-existence. This contemplation leads to insight
      into the Fourth Noble Truth - the truth of the path to
      the cessation of suffering.

      The Four Noble Truths IV:
      The Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering

      by Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche




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