Mindfulness is emptiness

Guy Armstrong

As mindfulness has moved into the wider world in its secular forms, it’s become known as a useful tool for relieving stress. But the power of mindfulness is much deeper and more profound than that. Mindfulness is a mysterious capacity of our minds that can know any aspect of our human experience just as it is, just as it is happening. Its intrinsic power is best appreciated when the mind is empty of the constructions of a false sense of self.

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. Guy takes the most difficult Buddhist concepts and puts them into accessible language, to unwrap the mystery. He is a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and author of “Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators”.