Satipatthana Sutta (Book and Dharmatalks)

My studies have led me to the Satipatthana Sutta in the form of this book:

Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realizationby Analayo


It is a wonderful text and delves into the components of the sutta with great detail, allowing anyone to understand, contemplate and practice one of the methods of meditation taught by the Buddha himself. While the formula may or may not contain much novel meditative material (depending on what you’re already familiar with) it presents it in a structure which is very thorough and effective — reminding us not only what objects of meditation are useful, but how to most effectively approach these meditations in terms of mindfulness, independence (not-self), and impermanence — thus encouraging insight as well as a steadiness of mind.

Along with this book, I was also tipped off to a series of talks given by Joseph Goldstein, where he expounds upon the Analayo text chapter by chapter.  What a treasure!!

http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/6162/

I’m very excited to make my way through this series and continue reading the book.  Why not join me!

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