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Mindfulness

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 1181–1185 | Cite as

How Mindfulness Came to Plunge into Its Objects

  • Bhikkhu Anālayo
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Abstract

The present article explores a notion of mindfulness found in Theravāda insight meditation. This notion appears to have been influenced by a reinterpretation or misunderstanding of a particular Pāli term. The term in question, employed as a synonym for mindfulness, came to be seen as conveying the idea that mindfulness plunges into its objects. This particular understanding was influential in the revival of insight meditation that originated in early twentieth-century Myanmar (Burma).

Keywords

Abhidhamma Abhidharma apilāpanatā Attention Early Buddhism Focusing Insight meditation Mahāsi tradition Mindfulness vipassanā 

Abbreviations

AN

Aṅguttara-nikāya

Madhyama-āgama

MN

Majjhima-nikāya

Mp

Manorathapūraṇī

Up

Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Vibh

Vibhaṅga

〈 〉

emendation

Notes

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Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies performed by the author with human participants or animals.

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Barre Center for Buddhist StudiesBarreUSA

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