The Four Areas of Mindfulness

Our mind is like a waterfall; it never stops running. Mental constructs and ideas surface and disappear as fast as they appear, in a rapid cycle. When we are not mindful that “the mind is impermanent,” we let our minds become attached to what we perceive as an unchanging idea. All phenomena of the world are impermanent; nothing is ever static and unchanging, or immune to causes and conditions.

The Four Areas of Mindfulness describes areas where we need to anchor the mind to let it be free of attachment to the self or other phenomena which cause suffering. Learn what they are, here:

1. Follow the meaning, not the words.

2. Follow wisdom, not knowledge.

3. Follow the ultimate truth, not apparent truths.

4. Follow the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings), not the teacher.

Adapted from Opening the Mind’s Eye, by Hsing Yun (Lantern Books, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Hsing Yun. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from Opening the Mind’s Eye, by Hsing Yun (Lantern Books, 2005).

11 comments

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Annie.

JL A.
JL A.3 years ago

useful reminders

Ana Passos
Past Member 3 years ago

thanks

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

so simple, yet profound

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.5 years ago

thanks

Lynn C.
Lynn C.6 years ago

Whoa! Excellent post. Simple like the truths. Remind self daily. Thank you.

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks