Mindfulness Practice as taught at the Mahasi Meditation Centre
by VENEABLE NYANAPONIKA THERA
Size: 5.5” X 8.5”
Pages: 31 pages
“In order to give a name to the Venerable U Narada’s method of training in which the principles of Satipatthana are appalled in such a definite and radical way, we propose to call it here the Burmese Satipatthana Method; not in the sense that it was a Burmese invention but because it was in Burma that the practice of that ancient Way had been so ably and energetically revived.”
– by Ven. Nyanaponika Thera
SATIPATTHANA is a Pali word meaning the development of mindfulness aimed at liberating the mind from all forms of suffering. The Buddha taught us a system of mindfulness which is for the said purpose of liberation.
The Venerable Sayadaw U Narada Mahathera, widely known in Burma as the Mingun Jetavan Sayadaw, was one of those able teachers who revived the practice of mindfulness in Burma. He passed away on March 18, 1955, aged 87, and many Burmans believed that he had attained to final deliverance. Among Sayadaw U Narada’s pupils was Mahasi Sayadaw (1904 – 1982) who helped spread the Satipatthana technique not only in his native Burma but also far and wide it other lands. In this booklet Ven. Nyanaponika Thera explains cause of mindfulness training as taught, mindfulness is cultivated in an intensive and methodical way for the development of sufficient concentration to again insight into the true nature of realty. This booklet is an extract (Chapter Five) from Ven. Nyanaponika’s classic “The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: A hanbook of mental traning based on the Buddha’s way of mindfulness.”
NYANAPONIKA THERA (1901 – 1994) was born in Geremany and become a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in 1936, where he lived until his death. Widely regareded as one of the formost interpreters of Theravada Buddhism in our tine, he is the auther of numerous books and translations both in English in German.
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