chapter  4
Directness of Vision
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Through our now concluded treatment of Pausing, Stopping and slowing down, one of the traditional definitions of Mindfulness found in the Pali Scriptures will have become more intelligible in its far-reaching implications: that is its function of anapilapanata, meaning literally, 'not floating (or slipping) away'-'like pumpkin-pots on the surface of water', add the commentators; and they continue: 'Mindfulness enters deeply into its object', instead of hurrying over its surface only. Therefore 'non-superficiality' will be an appropriate rendering of the above Pali term, and a befitting characterization of Mindfulness.