Basic Mindfulness Practice

  1. Like salt is needed in all dishes, mindfulness practice is always needed in the Buddhist practice.
  2. Mindfulness is the practice of being mindful of an object. In other words, the mind is aware of what is happening to one’s body and mind at the present moment. One should not let the mind lean towards past or future. Therefore, the first prompt does not lead to the secondary response.
  3. “Here, as a trainer of a calf would tie the calf to a post with a rope one must tie one’s mind firmly to the object with mindfulness.” (DA.iii.763)
  4. If one is not familiar with mindfulness practice, it may be helpful to put a name to a mindfulness object at first and then strive to get familiar with the mindfulness practice.
  5. Mindfulness practice can be done anytime.
  6. In doing the Anapanasati practice (mindfulness practice of in-and-out breathing) one stays mindful of the place the breath touches.
  7. In the beginning, one may not even be able to focus seconds due to all sorts of thoughts and bodily discomforts. However, as one stays mindful of what is happening to one’s mind and body, various distractions will gradually disappear and one’s ability to focus will grow. These distractions will be reduced gradually by being mindful of bodily discomforts and thoughts about past and future.
  8. For the further detail explanations about mindfulness practice, please read ‘Four Kinds of Mindfulness Training’ by Bhikkhu Kakmuk.