Our Bodies, Concentration, and Insight

This Sunday Michael guided a meditation on the first Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Body. The practice he shared was from the teachings of Bhikkhu Anālayo, a scholar and meditation teacher from Germany. Anālayo compared the Satipatthana Sutta in three of the original traditions of Buddhism and found which parts are common among them. Perhaps surprisingly, the breath meditation with which Western Theravada is so familiar is not present in all three. What is present, however, is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.