Mindfulness or sati -- in the original Buddhist teachings -- is understood to provide essential functions for spiritual life. These can be summarized as Remembering, Recalling, Noting, Guarding, and Holding in Mind. Further, mindfulness has important partnerships with clear comprehension (sampajañña) and mental unification (samādhi). Through a series of guided practices followed by discussion, we will explore these functions (skills) and how they support all aspects of spiritual practice. An exercise that clearly involves 1 or 2 of the functions (skills) will be followed by conversation about how that functions works and how it can be strengthened as a skill.
These functions play important roles in cultivating the ennobling eightfold path, whether during meditation sessions or mindful living throughout each day. The aim of this workshop is to provide a more well-rounded understanding of sati so that the full array of skills are more present when needed. Further, this understanding will help you evaluate the various claims being made about mindfulness these days. Lastly, you will have a better chance of cultivating the mindfulness you need for strengthening the path of non-suffering.