tiltbillings wrote:Which is actually a good bit. And if one follows the thread, one can see easily enough that the meaning of sati as it is actually used in the suttas is a bit more plastic than you seem to want to admit to.Dmytro wrote:Hi Porpoise,
The meaning of sati in Satipatthana sutta is explained in the early text, Satipatthana-Vibhanga:
Taking a pesky text critical approach to the Vibh 7 that was quoted, it looks as if the exposition is nicely arranged according to the waxing syllables principle to set out 3 sets of synonyms -
1. "sati anussati paṭissati" being one set of a waxing syllable sequence of 2, 4, 4;
2. "sati saraṇatā" being a new sequence shown by the intrusion of the bi-syllabic sati after paṭissati; and
3. "dhāraṇatā apilāpanatā asammussanatā" being the final set of 4, 6, 6.
Interestingly, this Vibh set is found in an expanded version in the Mahāniddesa as follows -
Yā sati anussati paṭissati sati saraṇatā dhāraṇatā apilāpanatā asammussanatā sati satindriyaṃ satibalaṃ sammāsati satisambojjhaṅgo ekāyanamaggo, ayaṃ vuccati sati
Two additional sequences are included, ie the sati satindriyaṃ satibalaṃ set followed by the sammāsati satisambojjhaṅgo ekāyanamaggo set.
With 5 sets of meanings arranged according to the waxing syllables principle, it looks as if the early redactors had a very broad range of meanings in mind for "sati".