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We have thus completed the Satipatthana Sutta. In summary, it first prescribes mindfulness of breathing as a technique for quieting the mind and developing concentration. This same heightened awareness is then developed for all voluntary physical actions. Next are the meditations on repulsiveness, elements, and death, which are intended to free one from 34 bodily attachment and lust; this is done by contemplating the temporary and changing nature of the body and by developing negative and unpleasant associations.
Samyutta Nikaya, 52:10. 42 relatively motionless; he is free to think or sleep as he pleases and may terminate the session if he so desires. 60 The lack of practice and lack of any attempt at mental discipline makes sensory deprivation a passive procedure notably different from meditation. However, both meditation and sensory deprivation involve a temporary withdrawal from external stimuli without loss of consciousness, and thus a comparison is warranted. Perhaps the most characteristic feature of sensory deprivation research to date is the great discrepancies in the findings of different researchers.
This same heightened awareness is then developed for all voluntary physical actions. Next are the meditations on repulsiveness, elements, and death, which are intended to free one from 34 bodily attachment and lust; this is done by contemplating the temporary and changing nature of the body and by developing negative and unpleasant associations. The remaining three sections enable the practitioner to become fully aware of his thoughts, feelings, and emotions and to confront them impartially in their true nature.