I’d like to hear some reflections on mindfulness. I’m not talking here about meditation on the three marks or any kind of visualization, but mindfulness.

I am quoting here from B. Allan Wallace’s The Attention Revolution.

[One] approach views mindfulness as nondiscriminating, moment-to-moment ‘bare awareness’ [and the other] characterizes mindfulness as bearing in mind the object of attention, the state of not forgetting, not being distracted, and not floating.

Which one of these is the most “genuinely Buddhist” kind of mindfulness?

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    See Tse-fu Kuan's Mindfulness in early buddhism" for a comprehensive treatment of mindfulness in the pali canon
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    Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 14:57

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If you look at this article which describes The Noble Eightfold Path,

So I think they're both Buddhist, but one is called "mindfulness" and the other "concentration".

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    I'm looking forward to it! Commented Nov 22, 2015 at 15:00

“And what is the faculty of sati? There is the case where a monk, a disciple of the noble ones, is mindful, highly meticulous, remembering & able to call to mind even things that were done & said long ago. (And here begins the satipatthana formula:) He remains focused on the body in & of itself — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world. He remains focused on feelings in & of themselves... the mind in & of itself... mental qualities in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world.”

SN 48.10

You could give a read to Mindfulness Defined by Thanissaro Bhikkhu at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/mindfulnessdefined.html

  • You seem to be going with the "mindfulness as nondiscriminating, moment-to-moment ‘bare awareness’" as the most "genuine" (I'm not shure my term "genuine" is a very good one, though) Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 14:38

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