Mahàsatipaññhàna Sutta – The Greater Discourse On Steadfast Mindfulness (eng)

Mahàsatipaññhàna Sutta

The Greater Discourse on Steadfast Mindfulness

Translated by U Jotika and U Dhamminda


Please practise in accordance with this Mahàsatipaññhàna Sutta so that you can see why it is acknowledged as the most important Sutta that the Buddha taught.

Try to practise all the different sections from time to time as they are all useful, but in the beginning start with something simple such as being mindful while walking (see Iriyàpatha Pabba), or the mindfulness of in and out breathing (see Anàpàna Pabba). Then as you practise these you will be able to practise the other sections contained within this Sutta and you will find that all the four satipaññhànas can be practised concurrently.

A sutta should be read again and again as you will tend to forget its message. The message here in this Sutta is that you should be mindful of whatever is occurring in the body and mind, whether it be good or bad, and thus you will become aware that all conditioned phenomena are imper- manent, unsatisfactory and not-self.

The original Pàëi text of this Sutta can be found in Mahà- vagga of the Dãgha Nikàya.

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