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

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

8. Right Mindfulness: Anchor & Buoy Model

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 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.


This chapter begins with an account of ‘watchfulness’, and an exercise. This is an entrée into fully-fledged mindfulness. Then we find that concentration and mindfulness may be practically integrated in what the author calls ‘The Anchor & Buoy Model’ of meditation. Here too an important and dynamic exercise called ‘The Body Scan’ enlivens the mindfulness of body. The reader is shown the utility of observing the so-called ‘distractions’ during breathing meditation, which are in fact our ‘teachers’, beginning with a simple self-categorization of ‘thinking past’, ‘thinking present’, and ‘thinking future’. Here, learning by ‘insight’ is explained as a critical step on the Path to Peace.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 8. Right Mindfulness: Anchor & Buoy Model. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 85-99 Aug 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. Date accessed: 01 Apr 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39407. Aug 2020

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