Week 14: Mindfulness of Mind

In this session, Joseph Goldstein will introduce the third of the four foundations of mindfulness – namely, Mindfulness of Mind.  This week Joseph will emphasize how developing awareness of the three unwholesome roots of the mind – greed, hatred, and delusion in all of its various forms - can directly result in feelings of ease, peace, clarity and receptivity.   He examines in specific detail how we can skillfully refine this awareness and the various distinctions that result.


1. How do you understand mindfulness of mind?

2. Why is mindfulness of mind important?    

3. How do you understand the phrase “short moments, many times?”

4. The Buddha taught that the kilesas (greed, aversion, delusion) are adventitious.  Why is this important?

5. How can we be with distracted or restless mind w/o judging.

Practices :Attitudes of Mind

A verse in the Dhammapada describes how unwholesome states manifest:  there is no fire like lust, no grip like anger, no net like delusion.  Thai master Buddhadasa describes these tendencies another way: Pulling in, pushing away, running around in circles. 

While you’re sitting ask:  What’s the attitude in the mind right now?

Practices: Absence of Unwholesome Mind States

1.  As an experiment, pay attention to the next time you experience a strong wanting in the mind (to pull toward or push away AKA clinging or aversion).

2.  Stay as mindful as possible of how it manifests in the mind and body.  You might think: This is what __________ is like.  

3.  Then notice as the wanting disappears, either in a moment or gradually in time.  Instead of rushing back to the breath or some object of meditation, pay attention to the mind free of wanting, experiencing the coolness of that state.