Ajahn Brahmali continues from the last workshop and focuses on the seventh factor of the Noble Eightfold Path, right mindfulness, otherwise known as satipaṭṭhāna, “the applications of mindfulness”.  Satipaṭṭhāna is about meditation practice.

General Reading:

This series consists of 4 workshops over four consecutive Saturdays and conducted in 2 sessions.

  • Workshop 1 (Part 1 – 2 ) | 27 November 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali
  • Workshop 2 (Part 3 – 4) | 04 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali
  • Workshop 3 (Part 5 – 6) | 11 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali
  • Workshop 4 (Part 7 – 8) | 18 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali

 

Workshop 1 (Part 1 – 2) | 27 November 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali

Satipaṭṭhana: The Big Picture

  • A brief summary of meaning of EBT
  • The purpose of this course is to arrive at simple meditation instructions (MN 118)
  • A brief review of noble eightfold path (SN 45.1, SN 45.8)
  • Definition of sammāsati (SN 45.8)
  • The breadth of satipaṭṭhāna: Satipaṭṭhāna Saṁyutta and historical developments (SN 47)
  • The meaning of satipaṭṭhāna
  • The use of sati in the suttas
  • Why the Buddha can speak on satipaṭṭhāna for a hundred years (MN 12, end)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna is a gem! (AN 8.19)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna as a refuge (DN 26, beginning)
  • The relationship between the Aids to Awakening (bodhipakkhiyadhammas) and satipaṭṭhāna
  • The place of satipaṭṭhāna on the path
  • How satipaṭṭhāna meditation works.

Part I

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Part 2
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Workshop 2 (Part 3 – 4) | 04 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali

Myths/Misconceptions

  • What do we do when there are disagreements of interpretation?
  • Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta is the most important sutta
  • Satipaṭṭhāna can be fully understood through the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta
  • Satipaṭṭhāna means “foundation of mindfulness” (SN 47.1)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna can be done without morality (SN 45.1)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna is equivalent to vipassanā (SN 45.1)
  • Modern vipassanā/satipaṭṭhāna is a direct lineage going back to the Buddha
  • Satipaṭṭhāna is “Mindfulness meditation”
  • Satipaṭṭhāna is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment.

Part 3
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Part 4
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Workshop 3 | 11 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali

Samatha and Vipassanā

  • The roots of vipassanā meditation
  • What are samatha and vipassanā? (AN 2.32)
  • Why there is no such thing as vipassanā meditation
  • How samatha and vipassanā arise together
  • Specific suttas that deal with samatha and vipassanā (AN 4.94; AN 4.170)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna and samādhi (AN 8.63; SN 47.4)
  • Saññā and vipassanā, how they work together
  • Satipaṭṭhāna leading to deep insight (AN 10.28; SN 52.3; SN 47.37)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna and sammāñāṇa (AN 10.103)
  • Satipaṭṭhāna and samādhi, a practical sutta example (SN 47.10).

Reading: Ajahn Brahmali: Why Samatha and Vipassanā Are Inseparable; Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw: Satipatthana Vipassana; S.N. Goenka: Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Discourses.

Part 5
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Part 6
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Workshop 4 | 18 December 2021 | Ajahn Brahmali

The Original Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta

  • How original are the suttas?
  • The two versions of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta
  • The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta in comparative light
  • Satipaṭṭhāna mūla, “the root Satipaṭṭhna Sutta”.

Reading: Bhante Sujato: A History of Mindfulness (second half of book).

Part 7 
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Part 8
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