Short, Clear, And Surprisingly Profound: Buddha’s instructions to Bahiya

We reflected this week on the instructions that the Buddha gave to Bahiya about what is sometimes called bare attention, or sometimes mindfulness:  “In the seen, let there be just the seen, in the heard let there be just the heard”, and so on.  These ostensibly simple instructions are at the heart of the practice, and worth aspiring to implement, although doing that is not quite so simple. Margaret guided our reflections, drawing on the teachings of Sally Armstrong and others to explore this theme.

You can listen to Sally’s talk here:

You can read a translation of the teaching to Bahiya here:

Also read was this excerpt from the Malunkyaputta Sutta: