Mindfulness in the Context of the Mind
This lecture will explain mindfulness in the context of Buddhist phenomenology of the mind and mind training. The mind is perceived as a dynamic, active and ever changing process in which a great number of mental components come together. All these components determine the intentional contents, the subjective emotions, moral quality and psychological effects of a state of mind. Mindfulness is one of these components. It never stands alone but is always combined with other factors of mental awareness.
The concept of mindfulness can be isolated but de facto there is no such “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is combined in a network with other elements, and the combination thereof determines the quality of mental awareness. Christof Spitz will also examine mindfulness by way of some practical examples of Buddhist mental training, such as developing concentration, insight or visualisation. Mindfulness will be applied in our everyday life apart from the meditations in order to integrate theseinsights and experiences.
Christof Spitz studied Buddhism and the Tibetan language since 1979 with Tibetan teachers at the Tibetan Centre and the University of Hamburg. Since 1981 he translates Tibetan text orally and in writing; since 1991 he acts as the official interpreter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the German speaking areas. He translated and co-organized the seven-year Buddhist study taught by Geshe Thubten Ngawang at the Tibetan Centre. At present he is one of the Buddhist teachers and also manager/managing director of the Tibetan Centre.