Surrounded by many well-practiced mendicants, the Buddha teaches mindfulness of breathing in detail, showing how they relate to the four kinds of mindfulness. The method of practising ânàpànasati, as explained in the ânàpànasati-sutta of the Majjhima Nikàya, is complete in itself. One can understand and practise. Ānāpānasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing. (Introductory Section) 1. Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in the Eastern.
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See also Thanissaro a for similar wording. From these other texts, clarifying metaphors, instructional elaborations and contextual information can be gleaned.
Whenever a mendicant practices breathing while experiencing rapture, or experiencing bliss, or experiencing these emotions, or stilling these emotions— at that time they meditate observing an aspect of feelings—keen, aware, and mindful, rid of desire and aversion for the world.
Prior to enumerating the 16 steps, the Buddha provides the following preparatory advice which the Chinese version of this sutta includes as part of the first object: Surrounded by many well-practiced mendicants, the Buddha teaches mindfulness of breathing in detail, showing how they relate to the four kinds of mindfulness meditation.
The sutta includes sixteen steps of practice, and groups them into four tetrads, associating them with the four satipatthanas placings of mindfulness. Having seen with wisdom the giving up of desire and aversion, they watch over closely with equanimity.
And how are the four kinds sytta mindfulness meditation developed and cultivated so as to fulfill the seven awakening factors? The first tetrad identified above relating to bodily mindfulness can also be found in the following discourses:.
They practice breathing out experiencing the mind. They practice breathing out experiencing these emotions. The Theravada version of the Anapanasati Sutta lists sixteen steps to relax and compose the mind.
They practice breathing out experiencing rapture. At such a time, a mendicant has activated the awakening factor of immersion; ustta develop it and perfect it.
MN Mindfulness of Breathing—Bhikkhu Sujato
Try using the modern version anyway. They practice breathing in observing letting go. They practice breathing in stilling these emotions. According to American scholar monk, Thanissaro Bhikkhuthis sutta contains the most detailed meditation instructions in the Pali Canon. Part of a series on Buddhism History. They practice breathing in experiencing bliss. These core sixteen steps are one of the most widely taught meditation instructions in the early Buddhist texts.
They practice breathing out stilling these emotions. They practice breathing in freeing the mind. Satisfied, the mendicants were happy with what the Buddha said. And how is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated so as to fulfill the four kinds of mindfulness meditation?
Wikisource has original text related to this article: Majjhima Nikaya Mindfulness Buddhism. When the mind is full of rapture, the body and mind become tranquil. At such a time, a mendicant has activated the awakening factor of energy; they develop it and perfect it. Just mindful, they breathe in. They are extinguished there, and are not liable to return from that world.
Below are some of the matters that have multiple interpretations:.
Anapanasati Sutta – Wikipedia
They also appear in various Chinese translations of the Agamas such as in a parallel version of the Ananada sutta in the Samyukta-Agama, SA 8. Mendicants, when mindfulness of breathing is developed and cultivated it is very fruitful and beneficial.
They are as follows: And how is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated to be very fruitful and beneficial? Journal of Chinese Philosophy 15 pp. They practice breathing out observing letting go. The Steps of Breath Meditation. An assembly such as this is rarely seen in the world. And those senior mendicants instructed the junior mendicants even more. There is no development of mindfulness of breathing for someone who is unmindful and lacks awareness, I say.
Next Mindfulness of the Body. For I say that the in-breaths and out-breaths are an aspect of the body.
Buddhist Studies Review 24 2doi: As they live mindfully in this way they investigate, explore, and inquire into that principle with wisdom.
And the seven awakening factors, when developed and cultivated, fulfill knowledge and anapanasatl. For a few of suttta chapter’s individual discourses, see SN As they investigate principles with wisdom in this way their energy is roused up and unflagging.
Whenever a mendicant meditates by observing an aspect of the body, at that time their mindfulness is established and lucid. They practice breathing out observing impermanence. They practice breathing out gladdening the mind.
They practice breathing in observing fading away. It consists purely of the essential core. At such a time, a mendicant has activated the awakening factor of rapture; they develop it and perfect it.