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The Four Areas of Mindfulness

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.

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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).

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11:35PM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Thanks Annie.

11:30AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

useful reminders

5:11PM PST on Dec 29, 2012


12:57PM PDT on May 19, 2012

so simple, yet profound

1:41AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

6:41AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:40AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Thanks for the info.

1:10AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010


8:09AM PDT on May 19, 2010

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

12:25AM PDT on Apr 13, 2010


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