How Mindfulness Came to Plunge into Its Objects

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).

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Abbreviations

AN:

Aṅguttara-nikāya

MĀ:

Madhyama-āgama

MN:

Majjhima-nikāya

Mp:

Manorathapūraṇī

Up:

Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Vibh:

Vibhaṅga

〈 〉:

emendation

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Anālayo, B. How Mindfulness Came to Plunge into Its Objects. Mindfulness 10, 1181–1185 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01152-4

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Keywords

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