What is this Fundamental Right
That Noble Eightfold Way,
leading to Nibbāna, is simply this:
Right Effort, Right Awareness
and Right Concentration.
But what is Right
4-fold Definition of Right Awareness:
Awareness of the
Body merely as a transient and compounded Form..
Feelings just as
conditioned emotional Responses..
only as habituated
and temporary Moods..
only as constructed Mental States..
Awareness is of these 4, while being alert, & clearly comprehending,
will put away longing towards and aversion against anything in this
The Characterization of Right Awareness:
Awareness of wrong view
or right view present now, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong motivation
or right motivation, is Right
Awareness of wrong speech or right speech now, is Right Awareness!
of wrong action
or right action, is Right Awareness!
Awareness of wrong livelihood
or right livelihood, is Right
Awareness of wrong effort or right effort, is Right Awareness!
of wrong awareness or right awareness, is Right
Awareness of wrong or right concentration now, is Right
The Explanation of Acute Awareness and Clear Comprehension:
When inhaling & exhaling long, one notices and is fully aware of just
When inhaling & exhaling short, one notices & is fully aware of just
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out clearly comprehending the entire
One trains: I will breathe
calming the breath & all bodily activity.
When walking, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is
When standing, one notices and clearly comprehends, that one is
When sitting, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one is
When lying down, one notices & clearly comprehends, that one
Going forward one notices & clearly comprehends, this
When returning one notices and clearly comprehends, this
When looking in front or back, one notices, & is clearly
aware of that.
When bending or stretching, when lifting or carrying, when
drinking, chewing or tasting, one is aware of and comprehends
When passing excrement or urine one clearly comprehends
While falling asleep and waking up, when speaking or keeping silence,
notices, knows and understands exactly that & clearly comprehends,
that this is, what one
is doing just right here and exactly now...
Continuous awareness of purpose, suitability, domain and nature of one's
current behaviour, whether mental, verbal or bodily is Right
The Function of Right Awareness and its associates:
Knowing right/wrong awareness as right/wrong awareness, is right
Exchanging wrong awareness with right
awareness is right effort.
awareness has the function of observing, noticing, remembering &
knowing the reality that neither any body, nor any form, nor any feeling,
mentality, nor any phenomena, nor any mental state is happiness,
truly attractive, lasting,
satisfying or even personal, something keepable...
All phenomena are momentary: They pass away right after the moment of
their arising and occurrence! Nothing is permanent, everything is in a state
of flux: Arising
ceasing, emerging and vanishing, coming and going,
again and again and again
and again and ever
again...! Anicca = Change...
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, this is the only direct way to the mental purification of beings,
to the overcoming & elimination of sorrow, frustration, pain
to gaining the right method, to the realization of Nibbāna, that
This establishing of the 4 Foundations of Awareness...
The 4 frames of reference...
Awareness is therefore a Mountain of Advantage!
Take Home: The 4
Foundations of Right Awareness are:
1: Being aware of the BODY as a mere transient form.
2: Being aware of the FEELING as a mere reactive response.
3: Being aware of the MIND as a mere passing set of moods.
4: Being aware of the PHENOMENON as a mere mental state.
Further study of
Buddhist Right Awareness
Root texts by the Buddha:
Complete reference on Satipatthana:
The Direct Path to Realization:
Studies, anthologies and commentaries:
further study on the illuminating presence of Awareness: