I have just finished reading this article where Ven. Anālayo argues that bare awareness can lead all the way to Nibbana. I would be interested to hear everyone’s thoughts on this?
https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... reness.pdfBare awareness does after all appear to have a place in accounts of early Buddhist meditation. In the satipa††håna scheme this place comes into its own alongside a comprehensive exploration of the contemplated phenomena from internal and external perspectives and insight into their nature of arising and passing away. Building on these aspects of the practice, one of the modalities of satipa††håna meditation can then be the cultivation of mindfulness just for the sake of being mindful. The terminology employed in this instruction recurs in an exposition by Malu∫kyaputta of an injunction, also given to Båhiya, to remain with bare awareness of sense experience. Such practice is, according to the Påli discourses and their parallels, clearly invested with the potential of leading to awakening.
The intuition by Ñåˆaponika Thera that “bare attention” (or “bare awareness”) is a valid modality of mindfulness practice appears to be quite accurate. Such practice requires stepping back from the usual involvement with experience by way of cultivating receptive and non-interfering mindfulness.