6 thoughts on ““Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!” The Buddha”

    1. Heedfulness (appamada) is more active and engaged than mindfulness (sati). It’s literally “non-drunkenness.” It means being attentive to the mind and being on guard against the encroachment of unskillful mental states: “And what is heedfulness? There is the case where a monk guards his mind with regard to [mental] fermentations and mental qualities accompanied by fermentations.” [Source]. It’s obviously related to mindfulness, but mindfulness is simply knowing what we’re experiencing, while appamada is an energetic watchfulness in which we evaluate the ethical quality of what we’re experiencing and doing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.