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The Name

The name is derived from one of the sutta that is “Mahasatipatthana Sutta” which translate to The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Awareness. The word “satipatthana” is the name for an approach to meditation aimed at establishing sati, or mindfulness. The term sati is related to the verb sarati, to remember or to keep in mind. In addition as a compound term, satipatthana can be broken down in two ways, either as sati-patthana, foundation of mindfulness; or as sati-upatthana, establishing of mindfulness.