Right awareness

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The seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path.  Right awareness means specifically “awareness without differentiation”, “awareness without the mind being agitated, disordered”, “awareness without the mind getting attached to the objects of the six senses”, or “awareness while the mind does not think good or evil”.  This is awareness without any attachment to the object of awareness, awareness where the thinking mind, the intellect, and consciousness are not involved.  Only a flow of awareness, permanent and uninterrupted, remains. Right awareness is the same as the wordless awareness or the “single thought awareness”.

Right awareness leads to right samādhi, the last element of the Noble Eightfold Path.

P: sammā sati, S: samyak smṛti, V: chánh niệm

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