Mindfulness is a quality of central importance in Buddhist meditation theory. The most basic nuance conveyed by the term sati or smṛti in its Buddhist use is a detached awareness of a situation, comprehensively capturing its internal and external aspects, in order to fully understand what is really taking place. This invests the cultivation of mindfulness in the Buddhist traditions with a concern that bears considerable similarity to scientific investigation.
Mindfulness in its early Buddhist usage stands for an ability to fully apprehend, which at the same time bears a close relation to the ability to remember later what happened. Canonical definitions of mindfulness tend to highlight this recollective aspect, explaining that one who has mindfulness will be able to remember what has been said or done long ago (Trenckner and Chalmers 1888–1896, I, 356).
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