After experiencing inner peace and tranquility, the Buddha realized that external austerity practices were unnecessary. He passed on this wisdom to his friends who studied with the same teacher.
Then, the Buddha's first teachings are known as the four noble truths – the world suffers, there is a cause of suffering, there is a state of non-suffering, and there is a way to end suffering.
Without learning these four noble truths, one cannot walk the path of mindfulness. As these steps remove misconceptions about life, identity and causes of suffering and lead to awareness, he is responsible for his own sadness and happiness. Therefore mindfulness training at Awakened Mind would help to overcome sufferings.
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Thoughts are the cause of sadness and happiness. The mind had to change, taking into account the principles of Eastern wisdom.
The mind must be purified and adjusted to enter the path. Preparatory knowledge and practice prepares seekers for the noble eightfold path.
It is interesting to note that the practice of mindfulness is the seventh of the eightfold noble way. It is clear that the seeker must practice the first six of the noble eightfold path before practicing mindfulness regularly.
I spent more than 26 years with my masters in training, training the mind, training to gain a deeper understanding of the state of mindfulness.
Then, my teacher told me to move on and approach attention in many ways as taught by traditional teachers. A different approach helps to change the mind completely.