BOOK TALK: Touching the Infinite

A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Rodney Smith
with Rodney Smith

11/14/2017 7:00 PM  9:00 PM (Friday evening) at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)

Book Talk: Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, authored by Rodney Smith

There seems to be a cohesive message that lies within the Satipatthana Sutta that may have been less emphasized in earlier translations. The Buddha seems to be moving us through our mental interpretations of form in the first three Foundations and dropping us off into formless awareness in the Fourth Foundation.  In the Fourth Foundation the Buddha is suggesting that it is not what we see, but how we look that is the essential point in discovering the formless. If we look at the content through desire or fear we will see the mind's projected interpretation of the world, but if we allow our perceptions to be transformed by the Buddha's teaching (Four Noble Truths, Five Aggregates, etc) then we look through wisdom and the objects will return to their essential nature.  If this is the case then the Buddha is revealing a straightforward path toward his ultimate destination using the Four Foundations as a means to reveal a new perspective of life undistorted by mind. 

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