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Remembering the PresentMindfulness in Buddhist Asia$
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J. L. Cassaniti

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707995

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.001.0001

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Sri Lanka: Moral Focus and a Stalking Cat

Sri Lanka: Moral Focus and a Stalking Cat

(p.195) 5 Sri Lanka: Moral Focus and a Stalking Cat
Remembering the Present

J. L. Cassaniti

Cornell University Press

This chapter moves the investigation into mindfulness to Sri Lanka, where the tradition of Theravāda Buddhism emerged over two thousand years ago. After a visit to the ancient site of Anuradhapura, the author turns to the mindfulness practices of people in and around the city of Kandy. The chapter examines the focus of mindfulness in monks’ experiences at the Sri Lankan International Buddhist Institute and other monasteries in the area; the academic and supernatural powers of mindfulness in the minds of students at the University of Peradeniya; and the promises and purposes of mindfulness at the psychiatric unit at the Kandy General Hospital. It ends with a discussion of how psychiatrists and others make sense of mindfulness in a religiously heterogeneous culture, and how the Buddhist renderings of sati is thought to be applicable in other religious contexts.

Keywords:   University of Peradeniya, Pirivenas, Sri Lankan International Buddhist Institute (SIBA), sammā sati, Visuddhimagga, Anuradhapura, Kandy Hospital, preta, Focus, Satipaṭṭhāna sutta

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