Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

27. What is "Mindfulness" in Buddhism, and does it Differ from Modern Secular "Mindfulness"?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Tse-fu Kuan [+-]
Yuan Ze University
Tse-fu Kuan is Associate Professor at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. He works on early Buddhist literature in Pali and Chinese.

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The quasi-term “mindfulness” is an English translation of sati in Pali or smṛti in Sanskrit. This Indic word originally meant “memory,” but the Buddha assigned the word new meanings consonant with his own system of thought. “Mindfulness” has become the most popular English translation or even the only possible translation of sati. What does “mindfulness” mean in the context of early Buddhism? How does it differ from modern secular “mindfulness”? These are the questions I attempt to address.

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Kuan, Tse-fu. 27. What is "Mindfulness" in Buddhism, and does it Differ from Modern Secular "Mindfulness"?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 130-135 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40766. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40766. Nov 2021

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