Dharma Talk

Satipatthana Sutta, Introduction: Selfless Application

Let the application of the teaching be informed by the root principle of selflessness and each mindful exercise manifest that selflessness through bare attention and total acceptance.

For Your Contemplation

Two basic ways we apply the practice of mindfulness from the principles of the teaching is with bare attention and total acceptance. Bare attention is quiet observation without opinionating, and total acceptance is releasing all resistance to the object thereby letting it be what it is. Both are derived from the root principle of selflessness. Focus on these two applied principles on and off the cushion this week. Carry them with you throughout the day. How does their application take your control and agenda away? How do they limit your story and reactivity and quiet the “I”? They provide the optimum opportunity for the arising of presence.