Satipatthana sutta the Buddha’s Teaching on Mindfulness

The Satipaṭṭhāna sutta is one of the most highly revered sutta setting out mindfulness as the one way to overcome suffering.

Seated Transcendent Buddha Vairochana in Vitarka Mudra representing the discussion and transmission of the teachings by the Buddha. Central Javanese period, late 9th century © Metropolitan Museum of Art.Translated by: Rupert Gethin. Read by: Roland Kitchen

The Buddha sets out in clear terms the four contemplations that constitute “establishing mindfulness” watching the body, feeling, mind and qualities. The sutta closes with an extended statement on the result of establishing mindfulness – enlightenment or something very close to enlightenment.

Satipatthana sutta from Pali audio by Roland Kitchen. Released: 2016. 36 minutes.


Image: Seated Transcendent Buddha Vairochana in Vitarka Mudra representing the discussion and transmission of the teachings by the Buddha. Central Javanese period, late 9th century © Metropolitan Museum of Art.



Categories: Buddhism, Buddhist meditation, Foundations of Buddhism, Texts, Theravada

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5 replies

  1. With blessed thanks

  2. Thanks for posting this wonderful teaching. I wish I could establish mindfulness for 7 minutes, let alone 7 years. :)

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