[Buddha-l] Question about Pali Term
rhayes at unm.edu
Thu Jan 17 11:11:34 MST 2008
On Wednesday 16 January 2008 09:29, Michael Essex wrote:
> I am interested in the term mindfulness. It is frequently used in
> Buddhist influenced therapies. This particular use seems to stem from
> the translation of sati used in the "Heart of Buddhist Meditation".
Mindfulness does indeed seem to be becoming a fashionable term. Last weekend
there was a workshop at a cardiac rehabilitation and wellness center entitled
Mindful Money Management. It was taught by a Methodist who has a degree in
accounting and banking and who presents caring for personal finances and
living within one's means as one of the many elements in a spiritual practice
How does the focus on remaining mindful of one's spiritual goals as one keeps
the household budget balanced fit with the Buddhist concept of sati/sm.rti?
Generally speaking, I suppose it fits fairly well, since the essential
ingredient in what we have come to call mindfulness in Buddhist hybrid
English is remembering (sm.rti) the Dharma in everything one does, including
managing one's resources.
About twenty years ago there was a North American Buddhist convention at which
one of the panels was on applying the principles of Right Livelihood to
investing. Mindful investing turns out to be pretty challenging, since
investment opportunities that don't have some connection to exploitation, war
or other violet practices or the provision of unwholesome services, are rare.
Richard P. Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico
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