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

9. Right Mindfulness: Full Awareness

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.


We now get clearer about the awareness dimension of mindfulness (sati), a dimension that is usually translated as ‘full awareness’ or ‘clear comprehension’ (sampajañña). While mindfulness in some chosen circumstances may not be directed or even sustained, and may not be entirely free of judgment, it is not mindfulness at all if it is not inward awareness of experience. Full awareness (sampajañña) has been described by some as ‘reflexive’, meaning that it is a kind of mirroring, turning one’s attention inwards upon oneself. This makes mindfulness a special kind of awareness, namely, self-awareness. But even then there are several kinds of self-awareness. (The question of ‘self’ and ‘not-self’ is now appearing, and is addressed shortly. The first of the ‘Four Foundations of Mindfulness’ –mindfulness of body – is introduced here, and then developed in the next chapter (Chap 10.)

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 9. Right Mindfulness: Full Awareness. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 100-107 Aug 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. Date accessed: 23 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39408. Aug 2020

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