Nyanaponika Thera

The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness

This is a commentary on the Satipatthana mindfulness meditation, an inquiry into the scope of their attention and the principal sources of its strength.

Satipatthana, or the practice of mindfulness, was recommended by the Buddha for all who seek to grow spiritually, and eventually attain the realization of enlightenment.

Buddhism itself is essentially a practical path, a system of physical and psychological techniques designed to bring about this realization.

The method here described is the foundation of all Buddhist meditation practice. It is, however, not necessary for you to be a Buddhist in order to practice mindfulness.

It does not matter whether you are a Christian, a Jew, or an atheist, as the purpose here is simply to expand your consciousness that bring you face to face with your mind.

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About Nyanaponika Thera

Nyanaponika Thera (Siegmund Feniger) was born on 21 July 1901 in Hanau, Germany. He came into contact with Buddhism early in his youth and left for Sri Lanka in 1936, where he was ordained as a novice and a year later as a monk by the famous German monk Nyanatiloka.

Interned in camps like Dehra Dun's in India, he worked intensively during the war years on translations of Pali texts. Not only as author of the now classic The Heart of Buddhist Meditation and of many other books and translations, but also as co-founder in 1958, editor and president of the Buddhist Publication Society he made a great contribution to the international dissemination of the Theravāda teachings. He died on October 19, 1994 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276