Mindfulness and Self-deliverance to Pure Presence

Authors

  • Andrej ULE Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2016.4.2.85-94

Keywords:

mindfulness, Buddhism, method, eightfold path, emptiness, compassion

Abstract

In the contemporary (Western) literature on mindfulness many authors present it as only a mental practice, which may bring one to a more successful and effective working of the mind, as well as different kinds of mental concentration. However, at least in part of Buddhist literature mindfulness is taken as an inseparable part of the Eightfold Way, and not as a means to achieve a separate mental aim. Another important emphasis of Mahayana Buddhism is that mindfulness does not aim at something new, but instead leads our awareness towards a deeper origin, which has already been present with us. While the initial form of mindfulness clings to various methods and achievements, the higher form lies bare in the present moment, always ready to reveal itself. When we are ready to let go of all that we achieve and do, we can surrender our being to the here and now.

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Published

10. 08. 2016

How to Cite

ULE, Andrej. 2016. “Mindfulness and Self-Deliverance to Pure Presence”. Asian Studies 4 (2): 85-94. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2016.4.2.85-94.

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