31 May 2008

Letter 1.48

The practice of mindfulness is cultivating the awareness of the ongoing process of sensations (pleasurable, painful, or indifferent), which give rise, by means of the attention given them, to perceptions, actions, behavior patterns; i.e. one's sense of self.

The practice of mindfulness is the practice of the Buddha's Teaching; meditation is merely a means of perfecting that practice; it should not end when meditation ends.

Only through the practice of mindfulness can the Path be perceived and entered upon…

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