|The Heart of Buddhist Meditation|
In its spirit of self-reliance, [the practice of the setting up of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness or] satipatthana does not require any elaborate technique or external devices.
The daily life is its working material. It has nothing to do with any exotic cults or rites nor does it confer "initiations" or "esoteric knowledge" in any way other than by self-enlightenment.
Using just the conditions of life it finds, satipatthana does not [even] require complete seclusion or monastic life, though in some who undertake the practice, the desire and need for these may grow.
Meditation, therefore, is a really practical occupation: it is in no sense necessarily a religious one, though it is usually thought of as such. It is itself basically academic, practical, and profitable. It is, I think, necessary to emphasize this point, because so many only associate meditation with holy or saintly people, and regard it as an advanced form of the pious life... This is not the tale of a conversion, but of an attempt to test the reaction of a well-tried Eastern system on a typical Western mind.