Obsolete: Mindfulness in Mental Objects (Clinging)

See: Exercises: Buddha on Mind (Set 3)

Reference: The 12 Aspects of Mindfulness

Aggregates of clinging are part of the mental objects that one needs to be mindful of. There are five aggregates of clinging:

  1. Material form
  2. Feeling
  3. Perception
  4. Formations
  5. Consciousness

Here are some excerpts from Satipatthana Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulness.

And further, monks, a monk lives contemplating mental objects in the mental objects of the five aggregates of clinging.
How, monks, does a monk live contemplating mental objects in the mental objects of the five aggregates of clinging?
Herein, monks, a monk thinks, “Thus is material form; thus is the arising of material form; and thus is the disappearance of material form. Thus is feeling; thus is the arising of feeling; and thus is the disappearance of feeling. Thus is perception; thus is the arising of perception; and thus is the disappearance of perception. Thus are formations; thus is the arising of formations; and thus is the disappearance of formations. Thus is consciousness; thus is the arising of consciousness; and thus is the disappearance of consciousness.”
Thus he lives contemplating mental objects in mental objects internally, or he lives contemplating mental objects in mental objects externally, or he lives contemplating mental objects in mental objects internally and externally. He lives contemplating origination factors in mental objects, or he lives contemplating dissolution factors in mental objects, or he lives contemplating origination-and-dissolution factors in mental objects. Or his mindfulness is established with the thought, “Mental objects exist,” to the extent necessary just for knowledge and mindfulness, and he lives detached, and clings to nothing in the world. Thus also, monks, a monk lives contemplating mental objects in the mental objects of the five aggregates of clinging.
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EXERCISE

PURPOSE:   To practice mindfulness in aggregates of clinging.

1.    Look and contemplate on aggregate of MATERIAL FORMS.

    • Thus is material form.
    • Thus is the arising of material form.
    • Thus is the disappearance of material form.
    • Do steps 6 – 9 before going to the next step.

2.    Look and contemplate on aggregate of FEELINGS

    • Thus is feeling.
    • Thus is the arising of feeling.
    • Thus is the disappearance of feeling.
    • Do steps 6 – 9 before going to the next step.

3.    Look and contemplate on aggregate of PERCEPTIONS.

    • Thus is perception.
    • Thus is the arising of perception.
    • Thus is the disappearance of perception.
    • Do steps 6 – 9 before going to the next step.

4.    Look and contemplate on aggregate of FORMATIONS.

    • Thus is formation.
    • Thus is the arising of formation.
    • Thus is the disappearance of formation.
    • Do steps 6 – 9 before going to the next step.

5.    Look and contemplate on aggregate of CONSCIOUSNESS.

    • Thus is consciousness.
    • Thus is the arising of consciousness.
    • Thus is the disappearance of consciousness.
    • Do steps 6 – 9.

6.    Continue contemplating this aggregate internally and/or as observed externally.

7.    Be mindful of the origination factors in this aggregate, and/or the dissolution factors in this aggregate.

8.    Be mindful that this aggregate exists to the extent necessary just for knowledge and mindfulness.

9.    Live detached, and cling to nothing in the world.

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Further references: KHTK Mindfulness

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