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 …