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Mindfulness

, Volume 10, Issue 12, pp 2620–2628 | Cite as

Immeasurable Meditations and Mindfulness

  • Bhikkhu Anālayo
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Abstract

Current research points to occasional problems experienced by practitioners of the immeasurable or boundless states. From a historical perspective, the standard mode of teaching these by way of directing specific thoughts to a particular set of individuals is a later development in the Buddhist traditions, not attested in the early texts. Instead of being the sole way of teaching the cultivation of positive mental attitudes like mettā and compassion, alternative approaches could be developed based on Buddhist canonical precedents that are less demanding in cognitive effort and closer in kind to the cultivation of mindfulness. In fact, mindfulness relates to mettā and compassion in various ways, which reflects its multifunctionality in early Buddhist meditation theory.

Keywords

appamāṇa apramāṇa brahmavihāra Boundless states Compassion Immeasurables karuṇā Loving kindness mettā Mindfulness 

Abbreviations

AN

Aṅguttara-nikāya

It

Itivuttaka

Madhyama-āgama

MN

Majjhima-nikāya

Saṃyukta-āgama

SN

Saṃyutta-nikāya

Sn

Sutta-nipāta

T

Taishō edition

Up

Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Vibh

Vibhaṅga

Vism

Visuddhimagga

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

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

Conflict of Interest

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Barre Center for Buddhist StudiesBarreUSA

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