Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Venerable U Silananda begins his work with these words: "The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness is important for those who practice vipassana meditation because all instructions are directly or indirectly based on the teachings contained in this sutta (discourse). If you are serious about vipassana meditation, you should know this well."
The Buddha's words are presented here and accompanied by analysis based on this sutta's rich commentarial tradition. This helps to deepen our meditation experience profoundly.
Experienced vipassana practitioners will find this book useful because of its wealth of doctrinal and practical Dhamma treasures. Practitioners of meditations such as dzog-chen, mahamudra or Zen will find that this work on the oldest form of Buddhist meditation provides new understanding of their own practices. The general reader will find it useful because of its constant reminders of how each day presents us with a wide variety of opportunities for choosing attention over blindness.
These lectures…provided me with greatly appreciated clarity in terms of the meaning of the sutta and its significance for actual meditation practice. Venerable U Silananda, being a scholar and yogi, is able to harmonize doctrine and practice so that there are no gaps between the two realms.
PART ONE: COMMENTARY
1 Contemplation of the Body in the Body
2 Contemplation of Feelings
3 Contemplation of Consciousness
4 Contemplation of the Dhammas
5 Assurance of Attainment
PART TWO: THE GREAT DISCOURSE ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS
PART THREE: MEDITATION INSTRUCTIONS
A Select Bibliography