One of the casualties of this tendency we have to turn the Dharma into an “ism” (i.e., Buddhism), is that the arts and sciences that make up the Dharma often become homogenised into some sort of “religious doctrine”, stripping away all of the freedom and value the practice once had.
Mindfulness is the art and science of bringing our awareness to the moment. It is the practice of experiencing our True Nature, as Pure Awareness.
The Buddha Śakyamuni is said to have advocated the practice of mindfulness in one’s daily activities, as a means of grounding oneself in the calm awareness of the transitory and impermanent nature of all phenomena, one of the key facets of the path to awakening.
But you see, that’s just it… he didn’t say we need to “believe something about mindfulness”. He didn’t even find it necessary to define mindfulness. He simply said we should practice it.
And that’s where the religion of Buddhism fails in a postmodern world.
Buddhism has become another “ism”… another set of beliefs, rituals, doctrines and “scriptures” that define a person. And speaking for myself, I want nothing to do with that.
My religion is the cultivation of primordial compassion. My god is love. And my path is the path of service to those in need. I don’t need Buddhism or Old Catholicism, or any other “ism”.
Zenkondo is not a religion. It’s a fluid expression of limitless potentiality, and a philosophy for living fully aware and fully alive. Likewise mindfulness is not a ritual or doctrine, but a practice.
Too many people who cling to the label “Buddhist” imagine that the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path are things we must come to believe or accept as the doctrinal foundation of Buddhism.
They are the dynamic path… the very practice that sets the trajectory of our spiritual realisation. Nothing more. The are to be practiced… not “believed in”.
Mindfulness is simple the practice of becoming more fully aware, and dwelling more deeply in the present moment. Become aware of that moment, without judgment, and gently allow it to dissolve into the next moment.
When you begin to engage this simple and liberating practice of living more fully, your entire experience of life is transformed, as is the world around you.