Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Type of Truthfulness

Rev. Master Daizui served as the head of the O.B.C. from November 1996 until his death on 4th April, 2003. As a tribute to him, on the third anniversary his death, I have republished his teaching on 'Mindfulness' with bows of gratitude.

Rev. Master Daizui latter expanded on the text on mindfulness in his book 'Buddhism From Within' published in 2003. Here is a paragraphs from the chapter, 'Radical Sobriety', p 56.

"The essential ingredients of this practice (Mindfulness) are to pay very close attention to what one is doing, to be fully aware of it, and when one's attention wanders off to something else, to bring it back again. In the practice of Mindfulness, attention and awareness are applied without inner reactions to the things one is aware of. It is a neutral sort of observation of oneself and the world, uncompleted by thoughts, feelings, judgments, and the like. The heart of this type of practice, in other words, is simply to be fully aware of what exists, with nothing added and nothing hidden from view. This way of training is bound to assit a Buddhist with what he or she is trying to do: just to be aware of things, large and small, on a daily basis cannot help but lay the groundwork for being able to view the entire universe for what it really is. Mindfulness is a type of truthfulness; it is the truthful perception of exactly what is really there".