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August 30, 2016

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I think I agree with n.yeti. When I sit zazen, items in my direct awareness first start off in my peripheral awareness. There is a noise, and my subconscious picks up on it first, then it may be thrown into my direct awareness if the mind is looking for something different for me to focus on. Somehow, though, I'm able to intuit or spot these items in the periphery prior to being directly aware, at which point, they do not get thrown into my direct awareness. So for me, sati refers to the optimal functioning of peripheral and direct awareness.

If you mean wisdom in terms of relative wisdom, or emergence from ignorance in the world of birth and death while the mind system and all its attributes are still intact, perhaps wisdom fits. Wisdom say, in learning how not to be an asshole to people who are trying to help you; or wisdom to turn away from the thousand hooks of birth and death into the quietude of reflection even while the promise of the other shore seems remote and Maya-like. But this is relative wisdom still bound in the faulty conceptions of the mind system, and not itself Noble Wisdom of the Tathagatas, which is beyond the conception of those still on the path, even great masters who are often in awe of the inscrutable magnitude of reality; it is further taught the attainment of such wisdom involves the complete disruption and transfiguration of the very mind system itself that gives rise to such notions as wisdom or foolishness, strength or weakness, mindfulness or reckless disregard for the virtues of renunciation. As such, Noble Wisdom is beyond all conceptualization and inconceivable, and to attain its fruits, adepts and even masters must put aside their relative knowledge to attain transcendental intelligence by virtue of the support of all the Buddhas, who in their respective lands discourse without limit upon inconceivable numbers of samadhis for those with the courage, patience, diligence and faith to attend to them. It might be said that if one still walks firmly on the ground of this good earth, and views this earth as reality and not as a projection of the mind, one is not walking on the ground of the support of the Buddhas, which is beyond all conception, description or relative measure, indeed all purpose, struggle or striving. To my perception, mindfulness is a step on the holy path, and not itself wisdom of the Tathagatas, which has no root in mindfulness or any “thing” whatsoever.

In your first quote it seems you could easily replace "mindful" with "wise"...I don't know about in other contexts, but it seems to work here.

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