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Four Foundations of Mindfulness

This is the only way, monks,
for the purification of minds of beings,
for overcoming sorrow and lamentation,
for the disappearance of pain and grief,
for reaching the Path,
for the realization of Nibbana,
namely, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

What are the four? Herein, monks,
(1) a monk dwells practicing
body-contemplation on the body,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;
(2) he dwells practicing
feeling-contemplation on the feelings,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;
(3) he dwells practicing
mind-contemplation on the mind,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;
(4) he dwells practicing
dhamma-object contemplation on the dhamma-objects,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world.

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