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, and clearly comprehending,
will put away longing towards, and aversion against anything in this
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Friends, this is the only direct way to the mental purification of beings,
to the overcoming and elimination of all sorrow, frustration, pain
to gaining the right method, to the realization of Nibbāna, that
This establishing of exactly these 4 Foundations of Awareness:
These 4 frames of reference...
Core Concept: The 4
Foundations of Right Awareness are:
1: Being aware of the BODY as
a transient form.
2: Being aware of the FEELING just as
a reactive response..
3: Being aware of the MIND merely
as a passing set of moods...
4: Being aware of
any PHENOMENON solely as a mental state....
indeed a Mountain of Advantage!
The Explanation of Acute Awareness and Clear Comprehension:
and exhaling long, one notices and is fully aware of just
When inhaling and exhaling short, one notices and is fully aware of just
One trains: I will breathe in-&-out clearly comprehending the entire
One trains: I will breathe
calming the breath, and 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, and clearly comprehends, that one is
When lying down, one notices, and clearly comprehends, that one
Going forward one notices, and clearly comprehends, this
When returning one notices, and clearly comprehends, this
When looking in front or back, one notices, and is clearly
aware of that.
When bending or stretching, when lifting or carrying, when
drinking, chewing or tasting, one is aware of, and mentally labels
When passing excrement or urine one clearly comprehends
While falling asleep, and when waking up, when speaking or keeping silence,
notices, knows and understands exactly that, and clearly comprehends,
that this is, what one
is doing just right here, and exactly right now...
Continuous awareness of purpose, suitability, domain, and nature of one's
current behaviour, whether mental, verbal, or bodily is Right
The Characterization of Right Awareness:
Awareness of wrong view or right view present now, is
Awareness of wrong motivation or
right motivation, is right awareness!
wrong speech or right speech now, is right awareness!
of wrong action
or right action done now, is right awareness!
Awareness of wrong livelihood
or right livelihood, is right awareness!
wrong effort or right effort at this moment, is right
Awareness of wrong awareness or right
awareness, is right awareness!
Awareness of wrong or
right concentration just now, is right awareness!
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.
Right awareness has the function of observing,
noticing, remembering and
knowing the true reality that neither any body, nor any form, nor any feeling,
mentality, nor any phenomena, nor any mental state is real happiness,
truly attractive, lasting,
something to be kept,
or even personal ...
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...
Continuously seeing this transience,
dissatisfactoriness, and impersonality
Further study of
Buddhist Right Awareness
further study on the illuminating presence of Awareness:
Complete reference on Satipatthana:
The Direct Path to Realization:
Root texts by the Buddha: