Training the mind: 14 mindfulness trainings


I encountered the “14 mindfulness trainings” in a short version on a blog called IDEA–LIST:

  1. Openness
  2. Non-attachment to Views
  3. Freedom of Thought
  4. Awareness of Suffering
  5. Simple, Healthy Living
  6. Dealing with Anger
  7. Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment
  8. Community and Communication
  9. Truthful and Loving Speech
  10. Protecting the Sangha
  11. Right Livelihood
  12. Reverence for Life
  13. Generosity
  14. Right Conduct

Then I did some Google searching and found them also (in a longer version) at Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s site, Plum Village.  It’s interesting that these 14 incorporate many elements of the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths, as well as one of the Three Jewels (sangha) and the first precept (take no life).

Then I found a book chapter about mindfulness at DharmaWeb:

Mindfulness provides the needed foundation for the subsequent development of deeper concentration. Most blunders in this area of balance will correct themselves in time. Right concentration develops naturally in the wake of strong mindfulness. The more you develop the noticing factor, the quicker you will notice the distraction and the quicker you will pull out of it and return to the formal object of attention. The natural result is increased concentration. And as concentration develops, it assists the development of mindfulness. The more concentration power you have, the less chance there is of launching off on a long chain of analysis about the distraction.

(Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English, Chapter 14.)



2 responses

  1. I agree with you that having a goal seems somehow incorrect. Yet sometimes I say, for example, today I’m going to sit with that thing that happened yesterday that has been bothering me. And I look at that thing, and let it go. And then I bring it back and turn it over and look again. I bring my awareness to it. I let it go many times. Then I say, again, and I look again. This is something new for me. I don’t know if this is any kind of recommended technique or not, but it’s pretty cool. The letting go part is really neat. Then I bring it back and ask, what is that? Usually it’s just “Don’t know.” And let go.