Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 11/28/2012

Happy Anapanasati Day

Today is an observance day and a special one at that. Accordimg to the Thai Dhammayut calendar that I follow, today commemorates the day the Lord Buddha gave t Anapanasati Sutta for the first time. The importance of this sutta just cannot be understated especially for thos of us who received our spiritual education in the West from lay teachers primarily concerned with so-called secular meditation practices.

But, before I get ahead of myself and end up speaking to things of which I can have no direct knowledge let me back up and begin again. For me, practicing with the Anapanasati Sutta has comprised perhaps the greater part of my time as an upasaka and has borne the greatest results in term of formal meditation. That is to say that I have experienced deeper states of concentration while practicing breath meditation than with any other theme. And, although I have had difficulties with the practice this has mostly if not wholly been the result of my own kilesas getting in the way.

May we not squander the opportunities we have in this life to practice the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha and to learn from those who have gone forth in the sasana. May we practice for the benefit of ourselves and all beings and may we taste the Deathless in this very life!

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