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13-09-2018 | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Sati, Memory, and Wisdom. Response to Ven. Anālayo’s “Mindfulness Constructs in Early Buddhism and Theravāda: Another Contribution to the Memory Debate”

Auteur: Bryan Levman

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 6/2018

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From the beginning of this dialog with Ven. Anālayo, my contention has been that the word sati, usually translated as “mindfulness” in English, is constrained in meaning by its etymological heritage, that is, the Vedic word smṛti meaning “memory” or “remembrance.” There is only one definition of sati in the canon attributable to the Buddha, and there it is defined in terms of memory with wisdom (sati-nepakkena). The Niddesa, which is a very old commentary on various early discourses and itself dates from the beginning of the third century BCE (Norman 1983, p. 86), also unambiguously defines sati in terms of memory, recollection, and calling to mind (Sv 3, 7605–8. Nidd I, 109–14 ad Sn 768; Levman 2017, p. 133). …
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Metagegevens
Titel
Sati, Memory, and Wisdom. Response to Ven. Anālayo’s “Mindfulness Constructs in Early Buddhism and Theravāda: Another Contribution to the Memory Debate”
Auteur
Bryan Levman
Publicatiedatum
13-09-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 6/2018
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1008-y

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