7. Right Mindfulness: Refining Attention

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.

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This chapter reveals the full meaning of ‘mindfulness’, from its origins in the Sanskrit word for memory or recognition. The Buddha’s teachings show that mindfulness is an extension of paying inner attention, and is always associated with awareness or comprehension. Attention is at the heart of mindfulness, and mindfulness is at the heart of meditation, and meditation is the principal means for breaking the chain of conditions that emerge as worldly attachment, acquisitiveness and possessiveness. Dissolving the links in that chain liberates a deep peace and compassion for your needless suffering and that of humanity. The ‘satellite dish’ exercise here helps the reader to develop keen attention by non-judgmentally picking up all sounds arising in one’s vicinity. In this chapter we also begin to clarify investigate the connection between ‘concentration’ and ‘mindfulness’.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 7. Right Mindfulness: Refining Attention. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39406. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39406. Jul 2020

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