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Introduction

The present work, which is the combined outcome of my Ph.D. research at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka and my own practical experience as a meditating monk, attempts a detailed exploration of the significance and the practice of mindfulness meditation according to its exposition in the Satipaììhãna Sutta, and placed within its early Buddhist canonical and philosophical context.

Mindfulness and the proper way of putting it into practice are certainly topics of central relevance for anyone keen to tread the Buddha’s path to liberation. Yet for a proper understanding and implementation of mindfulness meditation the original instructions by the Buddha on satipaììhãna need to be taken into consideration. In view of this, my inquiry is in particular concerned with the discourses recorded in the four main Nikãyas and the historically early parts of the fifth Nikãya as centrally important source material.

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