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Mindfulness

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Ancient Indian Education and Mindfulness

  • Bhikkhu Anālayo
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Abstract

Ancient Indian precedents for the notion of mindfulness in current usage are related to learning by rote. This appears to have been based on an intentional training in memorizing texts without drawing inferences, in order to avoid interfering with precise recall. Such absence of inferencing relates to the Buddhist notion of bare awareness, a modality of mindfulness that aims at staying with bare sensory experience without additional layers of associations and mental proliferations. The same basic mechanism appears to be relevant to understanding the potential of mindfulness to counter addictive behavior, such as smoking.

Keywords

Addiction Bare awareness Education Memory Mindfulness Smoking 

Abbreviations

Madhyama-āgama (T 26)

MN

Majjhima-nikāya

Saṃyukta-āgama (T 99)

SN

Saṃyutta-nikāya

T

Taishō edition

Up

Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

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

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Barre Center for Buddhist StudiesBarreUSA

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