The Foundations of MindfulnessHow to Relax, Pay Attention, See What Is Happening and Think Clearly, According to Buddha's Text on Mindfulness
A brilliant, new, secular explanation of the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness
Usually translated as The Foundations of Mindfulness, the Satipatthana Sutta--taken from the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha himself--is the original "DIY manual" on how to meditate and be mindful. Just a few pages long, with 13 recommended practices, it provides the authority for the worldwide practice of mindfulness. However, this influential text has been neglected of late--not least because the common translation, in Victorian English, is virtually indecipherable. So, modern mindfulness students--focused instead on the Zen practice of "just sitting"--risk missing the benefits of the Buddha's more sophisticated approach.
In 1975, Eric Harrison retranslated the Satipatthana Sutta and made it the basis of his teaching career. Now, with his new translation and commentary--informed by a lifelong consideration of the Buddha's original teachings--he makes mindfulness more accessible than ever, particularly to those coming to it not by way of Buddhism or prior meditation practice.
For people seriously interested in mindfulness, this is a step-by step explanation of the Buddha s original teachings on the subject, considered wholly (and paradoxically) from a secular, non-Buddhist perspective. Publishers Weekly"