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Overview of the Satipatthana Methods in the different Satipatthana-Texts

Satipatthana-sutta im
Majjhima-nikaya
(Theravada)

Satipatthana

kayanupassana
(body)

vedananupassana
(feelings)

cittanupassana
(mind)

dhammanupassana
(dhamma)

Ekayana-sutra im
Ekottarika-agama
(Mahasamgika)

breathing
postures
activities
anatomical parts
4 elements
corpse

anatomical parts
4 elements
bodily orifices
corpse

pleasant
painful
neutral
worldly
unworldly

pleasant
painful
neutral
worldly
unworldly

lust / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
contracted / distracted
great / not ~
surpassable / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated

craving for sensual pleasures / not ~


anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
craving / not ~
attainment / not ~
distracted / not ~
scattered / not ~
pervasive / not ~
great / not ~
boundless / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated / not ~

hindrances
aggregates
sense-spheres
awakening factors
noble truths

awakening factors
absorptions

* based on Analayo Bhikkhu (2013), Perspectives on Satipatthana and Sujato Bhikkhu (2012), A History of Mindfulness

Smrtyupasthana-sutra im
Madhyama-agama
(Sarvastivada)

Vibhanga
(Theravada)

Dharmaskandha
(Sarvastivada)

Sariputrabhidharma Satipatthana-mula
(Dharmagupta)
(Early Buddhist)

postures
activities
counter unwholesome state
forceful mind control
breathing
experience of 4 absorptions
perception of light
reviewing sign
anatomical parts
6 elements
corpse
pleasant
painful
neutral
bodily
mental
worldly
unworldly
sensual
non-sensual
sensual desire / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
defiled / not ~
contracted / distracted
superior / not ~
great / not ~
cultivated / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated / not ~

anatomical parts

anatomical parts
6 elements

postures
activities
breathing
anatomical parts
4 elements
food
space
bodily orifices
corpse

anatomical parts

pleasant
painful
neutral
worldly
unworldly

pleasant
painful
neutral
bodily
mental
worldly
unworldly
sensual
non-sensual
lust / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
contracted / distracted
slothful / not ~
superior / not ~
scattered / not ~
cultivated / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated / not ~

pleasant
painful
neutral
worldly
unworldly

pleasant
painful
neutral
bodily
mental

lust / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
contracted / distracted
great / not ~
surpassable / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated

lust / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
contracted / distracted
scattered / not ~
surpassable / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated / not ~

sense-spheres
hindrances
awakening factors

hindrances
awakening factors

hindrances
sense-spheres
awakening factors

hindrances
sense-spheres
awakening factors
noble truths

hindrances
awakening factors

lust / not ~
anger / not ~
delusion / not ~
contracted / distracted
great / not ~
surpassable / not ~
concentrated / not ~
liberated