Recollective Awareness and Mindfulness

Recollective Awareness Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation are similar in some areas, different in others. These practices can oppose each other or fit together like two pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. I will talk about how they might complement each other in my upcoming webinars on October 14th and 15th (the …

Upcoming Webinars

Awareness of Thinking, Mindfulness of the Body Are these two orientations to meditation opposites, contradictory, incompatible? Or are they two sides of the same coin? I will discuss how to integrate a practice of mindfulness of the body and recollective awareness of thoughts and emotions in this 90-minute webinar. This …

Upcoming Webinars

These 2 webinars will be on the topic of working with projections in Recollective Awareness Meditation. There will be a 30-minute meditation sitting in the middle of each webinar. Please register in advance for these webinars. A link to the Adobe Connect site for the webinar will be sent out …

Old Instructions and Articles

PDF files that are part of the history of Recollective Awareness The early meditation instructions in these articles are not meant to replace the instructions found in my more recent books on meditation (“Unlearning Meditation” and “Thoughts Are Not the Enemy”). In the earlier instructions from the 1990s, you will …

The Outflows

When I first encountered the Pali word “asava” over three decades ago, it was routinely translated as “influx” or “canker, sore.” As an influx, it was how views, sense desires, becoming, and ignorance flow into our mind stream and affect how we perceive and act. Picturing the four asavas as …

Satipatthana Sutta Translation

A POETIC INTERPRETIVE TRANSLATION OF THE SATIPATTHANA SUTTA   ©2017 Jason Siff (originally self-published in 1997) All rights reserved. Permission must be obtained to use this material in any form whatsoever, including public readings, study groups, or Dharma groups. Parts One, Two, & Three will be published at a later …

The Touch of the Hands

From the Satipatthana meditation instruction to hold one’s attention around the face, which I used for quite some time when I was a monk in Sri Lanka, I then shifted to placing my attention on the whole front of my body while sitting. That is the instruction I gave to …

Satipatthana Intro

It would be safe to say that practically every form of Vipassana Meditation is based on the Satipatthana Sutta in some way or another. People who teach watching the in and out breath, either at the nostrils or the belly, body sweeping, noting, mindfulness, and choice-less awareness, to name the …

History

Recollective Awareness Meditation comes out of Jason Siff’s meditation teaching beginning in 1988 when he was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka. It gradually evolved in the 1990s after Jason left the Buddhist Order and moved to Los Angeles. By the time he founded the Skillful Meditation Project in 1996, …

Redesign

When I was a monk in Sri Lanka, I developed a meditation practice that differed from ones that I had been taught in the permission it gave to students to be more honest with themselves and by proving itself to be more compatible with the Buddha’s teachings. During the nearly …