FAQ Tag: Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Is it still possible to become an arahant when listening to a discourse, like in the time of the Buddha?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 5 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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January 6, 2021 0

Of the Seven Factors of Awakening, should we keep the Mindfulness factor at all times, but put the other six in as needed?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 4 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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January 2, 2021 0

Does the transition from the first to the second jhana happen automatically, or does one make a conscious change?

It’s a bit of both, because this is explaining the transition between the first level of meditation and the second. The jhanas – the levels of meditation – are a…
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December 25, 2020 0

Is it okay to take different objects of meditation for sitting, in different situations?

Yes. This is development really, and one of the things that’s happened is, that it has become mostly fixed one-pointed awareness practice in many cases. This is causing problems, sometimes,…
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December 25, 2020 0

The Satipatthana sutta states to be mindful of mind objects, so we don’t need to focus tightly on phenomena?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 2 was part of a daily 30 -minute discussion on the suttas, the…
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December 14, 2020 0

The Satipatthana sutta talks about contemplating the body as a body externally, does that include the outside world and other people?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 2 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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December 13, 2020 0

Did the Buddha, when he was a bodhisattva, practice with arupa jhanas and rejected them?

 Well, I would say this is simply lacking direct experience. The Buddha explains these arupa jhanas so many times, it would be basically putting a lot of what he said…
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December 11, 2020 0

Can you explain the link between the Ānāpānasati Sutta and the 6 R’s?

That’s where it’s coming from, yes. This is how is how they were discovered, and they were put into this sequence because of the Ānāpānasati Sutta. The 6R’s are to…
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December 11, 2020 0

Can you explain a bit about Vedana / Feeling?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 1 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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December 1, 2020 0

What should I do when running into difficulties at work?

This question came up in the Online 10-day Retreat Nov 3, 2020, guided by Delson Armstrong. Day 0 was part of a daily 30-minute discussion on the suttas, the Dhamma…
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December 1, 2020 0