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The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Our July 2009 "Yoga and Buddhism" issue featured a special look at Buddhism's four foundations of mindfulness. 

These classic teachings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma will help you establish a practice and become better informed about the value of the four foundations of mindfulness.

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Meditation: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

According to the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, spirituality means relating with the working basis of existence, which is one's state of mind. The method for beginning to relate directly with mind is the practice of mindfulness. Included here is Trungpa Rinpoche's teaching on mindfulness of mind, as featured in our July 2009 issue.

Blood, Bone, Space, and Light

In the last of a three-part series on Buddhism and the body, Reginald Ray talks about the four foundations of mindfulness. When we look closely into our bodies, he says, we find "nothing but space, drenched in sunlight."

Ultimately You're Healthy...

Will meditation make you healthy? Barbara Rhodes, Jan Chozen Bays, David Shlim, and Mitchell Levy discuss the Buddhist view of health, with an emphasis on the Four Foundations.

Four Steps to Magical Powers

Before you fully embark on the path of the bodhisattvas and buddhas, says Chan master Sheng Yen, you must first practice the four steps to magical powers. What are these steps and what are the magical powers you need?

Tiny, Slippery Spot of Mind

The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on the four foundations of mindfulness in the Mahayana tradition. 

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