Samma Sati (Right Mindfulness)

What is Samma Sati?

Ayam-eva ariyo atthangiko maggo, Seyyathidam, Samma-ditthi samma-sankappo, Samma-vaca samma-kammanto samma-ajivo, Samma-vayamo samma-sati samma-samadhi…


“Precisely this noble eightfold path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”


The Middle Path frequently mentioned by the Buddha in the Dhammacakka-Pavatana Sutta contained just these lines of texts… which to millions of Buddhist practitioners, it has no meaning at all what so ever.  What is this “right”?

Universally… right and wrong do not exist, same with good and bad, “So why have I practiced these so called “rights” for years and still not enlightened!!!!!! And worse! I stumble onto this lunatic webblog and discovered this dude’s short and unexplained babbling of insanity!”



“Knowing unintentionally is knowing

But trying intently… is not!”

This sound like just plain dumb…






It could sound that way to you, my dear frustrated friend…

But because we live in worlds of THOUGHTS, IDEAS and VIEWS.

When trying to solve a typical worldly problem… we use THOUGHTS as tools.

And this works out fine…

But Dhamma is different problem, because it is a paradox.


“Paradox”… isn’t something that could be comprehend using Thoughts…


Leading with thoughts means we’ve led with ideas, views and attachent. In Pali – known as Miccha Sati (wrong mindfulness), causing CONTROL which leads to manifestation of “self” and ultimate failure in seeing the truth.

For the mind has a mind of its own, when one leads with control and craving… one is instantly conned by the mind.  So almost every action of Buddhist practice makes “self”… then what other choices do we have?



Right Mindfulness (Samma Sati)




Right mindfulness is knowing which unintentionally follows the actions… allowing events to happen naturally first, then seeing them.  This leads to realising the nature of things as they truly are.

Mental suffering occurs only when one forgets to be mindful… one cannot know oneself when absent-minded.  Trying to practice on the other hand, is controlling “me” which makes truckloads of “me”.  See the dilemma?  So what other choice do we have?

Training for Right Mindfulness is extremely simple… follow every action without using thoughts.  Gradually building mental habits of following.  Without stumbling into thoughts, interfering, or correcting the actions.  Habits are easy to make, they occur unintentionally and die hard… Right Knowing is just another habit.



Knowing is not preempting, trying to be ready for or wanting to engage.  It is not tailing, shadowing, narrating, shunting, interrupting, talking, teaching, analysing, elaborating, adjusting or suppressing the mind.  Right Knowing… the Middle Path must be free from all mental struggles… free from being towed away by defilements, as well as free from attempts to suppress and control the defilements themselves.  Therefore, knowing unintentionally while being reckless or absent-minded is Right Knowing.

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Further more… knowing itself is not enlightenment. It’s only the path up to the house… not the house or the “Realisation” itself. If a surgeon tries to know his own mind when he’s making precision cuts on his patients, he’d probably miss. So knowing does not need to be constant… when we’re working… we work. And when we realise… we realise.


“Oh GOD! I saw Ven. Sariputta jump over the puddle of water! Oh dear lord! The Buddha lied about him being enlightened!”

OK… as usual… if all else fails and people hate you when you practice..
Just tell them “Don’t bother looking at others, just look at yourselves!” but do it nicely so that they don’t kill you before you’re enlightened, ’cause its a long wait until you’re 28 again.



Those who realised the truth

appear no different to any

normal people, only with exception

of right mindfulness and realisation.



Practice should be light and easy, simple and clear, in life not in seclusion.  The Prison of Ideas and Views can no longer trap those who are free.



in dhamma, a burning flame like the rest.
phramick ratanapanyo bhikkhu.



PS: Need more juice? Check out “Death of the Shadow….” under Pages.



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