The Essential Guide to Buddhist Teachings on Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being purposefully aware, without judgement, of what is happening in your mind, body, and environment in the present moment. Buddhists have been teaching and practicing mindfulness for thousands of years, with “right mindfulness” being the seventh step on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path to awakening. Here, Diana Winston, Gaylon Ferguson, Anushka Fernandopulle, and more dive into the practice, foundation, and application of mindfulness in our everyday lives.

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Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness

Diana Winston on how to use the tools of mindfulness to work with negative patterns like shame, guilt, and self-criticism that stand in the way of caring for and liking yourself.

What Mindfulness Is (Not)

You can’t reduce mindfulness to just a single idea. Andrew Olendzki unpacks its many meanings in classical Buddhism.

Mindfulness and the Buddha’s Eightfold Path

To understand how to practice mindfulness in daily life, says Gaylon Ferguson, we have to look at all eight steps of the Buddha’s noble eightfold path.

Rainbow.

How RAIN Can Nourish You

Jack Kornfield teaches us the transformative mindfulness practice known as “RAIN.”

Buddha shakyamuni sculpture in wood and lacquer.

More Truth, Less Suffering

Anushka Fernandopulle on how mindfulness reduces the suffering caused by our collective sense of separation.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein examines a key teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness, which he called the direct path to liberation.

Clouds and sky.

From The Under 35 Project: “A Lesson in Mindfulness on a Lazy Summer’s Day”

Christopher Willard’s father’s magic trick taught him his first lesson on mindful awareness and the power of concentration at the age of seven

Mindfulness is the Best Medicine

Medicine Buddha. Photo by/via geraldford.

After 13 years as a Buddhist nun, Sister Dang Nghiem looks back on her medical career and realizes monastic practice and medicine aren’t that different.

Mindfulness: The Most Direct Path

Insight teacher James Baraz teaches how to train mindfulness with sitting meditation from the Vipassana tradition.

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

The late Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five simple exercises to help you live with joy.

Here, Now, Aware: The Power of Mindfulness

It’s the essence of the contemplative path and the key to transforming our lives. Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein describes this simple yet profound expression of our mind’s natural awareness.

ARTICLES

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

The late Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five simple exercises to help you live with joy.

Mindfulness and the Buddha’s Eightfold Path

To understand how to practice mindfulness in daily life, says Gaylon Ferguson, we have to look at all eight steps of the Buddha’s noble eightfold path.

Rainbow.

How RAIN Can Nourish You

Jack Kornfield teaches us the transformative mindfulness practice known as “RAIN.”

Buddha shakyamuni sculpture in wood and lacquer.

More Truth, Less Suffering

Anushka Fernandopulle on how mindfulness reduces the suffering caused by our collective sense of separation.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein examines a key teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness, which he called the direct path to liberation.

Mindfulness: The Power of Awareness

Diana Winston on how to use the tools of mindfulness to work with negative patterns like shame, guilt, and self-criticism that stand in the way of caring for and liking yourself.

What Mindfulness Is (Not)

You can’t reduce mindfulness to just a single idea. Andrew Olendzki unpacks its many meanings in classical Buddhism.

Mindfulness is the Best Medicine

Medicine Buddha. Photo by/via geraldford.

After 13 years as a Buddhist nun, Sister Dang Nghiem looks back on her medical career and realizes monastic practice and medicine aren’t that different.

Clouds and sky.

From The Under 35 Project: “A Lesson in Mindfulness on a Lazy Summer’s Day”

Christopher Willard’s father’s magic trick taught him his first lesson on mindful awareness and the power of concentration at the age of seven

Mindfulness: The Most Direct Path

Insight teacher James Baraz teaches how to train mindfulness with sitting meditation from the Vipassana tradition.

Here, Now, Aware: The Power of Mindfulness

It’s the essence of the contemplative path and the key to transforming our lives. Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein describes this simple yet profound expression of our mind’s natural awareness.

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