Doctrines and rituals

The practice of mindfulness – now also very popular among non-Buddhists – is about learning to be attentive. It involves the conscious observation of one’s own thoughts and actions. In this way, practitioners gain not only clarity with regard to their actions, but also composure and control over their senses and thoughts. Mindfulness (Skt. smriti) is key to understanding the impermanence of all existence and is the basis for attaining higher insight. Mindlessness and ignorance are the cause of human suffering (Dependent Origination).