Right Mindfulness in Buddhism

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Right Mindfulness in Buddhism Buddhists emphasize having ‘Right Mindfulness’ as a vital part of meditation as well as one of the most important steps in the eight-fold path to enlightenment. Having mindfulness is being completely aware of what happens to us and in us and only focusing on these things. Right mindfulness, defined as “the clear and single-minded awareness of what actually happens to us and in us, at the successive moments of perception,” holds an essential role in the practice of Buddhist meditation (Klostermaier, Buddhism, Pg. 132). This same concept can be beneficial to people that do not even practice Buddhism. Living life in a state of mindfulness promotes relaxation, awareness, efficiency and control. All of these qualities, also known as miracles of mindfulness, are the basis for Buddhist meditation and the goal of developing mindfulness. In a broader sense, these are valuable attributes in many cultures and promote a better life for everyone. Right mindfulness is essential in Buddhism because it provides that basis for the awareness and concentration that is essential in Buddhist meditation. Basic meditation consists of the practitioner concentrating on a single item or thought, and only that thing, for an increasing amount of time. Concentrating on a particular item allows a person to “see it deeply,” or to know the object of concentration with the greatest fullness possible (Hanh, The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching, Pg. 64). The benefits of this are most obvious in relationships with others. For example, for a father to concentrate fully on his son while they interact, is beneficial, not only for the son, but for the father and their relationship together (Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, P... ... middle of paper ... ...nderstanding and control of ourselves. We are aware of our thoughts, our actions, and our own body. It improves both our own lives and our relationship with others and allows us to experience life in a deeper and more meaningful way. Bibliography: Bibliography Eastok, Sandy, ed. Dharma Family Treasures: Sharing Mindfulness with Children. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1994. Hanh, Thich Nhat. The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. Hanh, Thich Nhat. Living Buddha, Living Christ. New York: Riverhead Books, 1995 Kornfield, Jack, ed. The Teachings of the Buddha. Boston & London: Shambala, 1993. Klostermaier, Klaus K. Buddhism: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld, 1999. Narasabho M.A., Ph.D., Phra Maha Singhathon. Buddhism: A Guide to a Happy Life. Thailand: Wat Phrajetubon, 1975.
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