Mindfulness of Feelings



Four Foundation of Mindfulness, Selections from Mindfulness of Feeling 
translated by Ajahn Thanissaro (Pronouns modified)

The Blessed One said this: "This is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow & lamentation, for the disappearance of pain & distress, for the attainment of the right method, & for the realization of Unbinding (cessation of all that is agitating for the heart) — in other words, the four frames of reference (four foundations of mindfulness). Which four?....

"There is the case where a practitioner remains focused on feelings in & of themselves — ardent, alert, & mindful — putting aside greed & distress with reference to the world."


"And how does a practitioner remain focused on the feeling in & of itself? There is the case where a practitioner, when feeling a painful feeling, discerns that she is feeling a painful feeling. When feeling a pleasant feeling, she discerns that she is feeling a pleasant feeling. When feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling, she discerns that she is feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling."


"When feeling a painful feeling of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a painful feeling of the flesh. When feeling a painful feeling not of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a painful feeling not of the flesh. When feeling a pleasant feeling of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a pleasant feeling of the flesh. When feeling a pleasant feeling not of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a pleasant feeling not of the flesh. When feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling of the flesh. When feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling not of the flesh, he discerns that he is feeling a neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling not of the flesh."


"In this way she remains focused internally on feelings in & of themselves, or externally on feelings in & of themselves, or both internally & externally on feelings in & of themselves. Or she remains focused on the phenomenon of origination with regard to feelings, on the phenomenon of passing away with regard to feelings, or on the phenomenon of origination & passing away with regard to feelings. Or her mindfulness that 'There are feelings' is maintained to the extent of knowledge & remembrance. And she remains independent, unsustained by (not clinging to) anything in the world. This is how a practitioner remains focused on feelings in & of themselves."




Joseph Goldstein's chapter; Liberation Through Feelings, in Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B18dFIM4hlN0ZERvYnFLVjY3UzMwR183MWtuWXRiWktvd2pz/view?usp=sharing

Contemplation of Feeling: The Discourse-Grouping on the Feelings
translated from the Pali, with an Introduction by Nyanaponika Thera
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel303.html

Sallatha Sutta: The Arrow (The Dart), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (pronouns modified)
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Translated by Thanissaro Bhikku  Mar 15, 2010, 2:25 PM Scott Jensen