retrofuturist wrote:If you accept samma sati as a technique then i accept the necessity of a technique.
mikenz66 wrote:Well, that brings up a good point. How is samma sati to be cultivated?
To quote Robert from the aforementioned linked topic "Sati of satipatthana always arises with sampajanna, wisdom, and specifically wisdom related to anatta."
Note, that as Robert represents it, "wisdom related to anatta" is actually a cause
for sati. Any "techniques" I've encountered tend to reverse that causality, and present "wisdom related to anatta" as an effect
of the "technique", which for all intents and purposes is represented as a proxy for sati (or sometimes the entire N8P).
Personally, I don't see support for that reversal of cause and effect in the pre-commentarial scriptures - yet on the subject of contemporary vipassana it seems to be taken as a given - which can be somewhat alienating. That's not a criticism
of "techniques" ~ just a questioning of the assumed contemporary position that mental cultivation necessarily depends upon them. As I understand them, "techniques" seem to be a methodological set of activities undertaken in the quest for this "wisdom related to anatta", whereas I see samma sati as the present mindful application of existing wisdom
pertaining to anatta/dukkha/anicca etc. which, yes... can be learned from the Buddha from the suttas. It's a case of experiencing according to that tilakkhana reality... and simply experiencing life according to that reality doesn't seem to require any "technique" (or any intentional form of 'doing' for that matter) over and above samma sati. Have all 8 path components "samma" and the specifics of the activities being undertaken don't matter one bit.