Posted by: Upāsaka | 02/06/2015

Mindfulness of the Breath

37. Develop the meditation that is mindfulness of in-and-out breathing. Mindfulness of in-and-out breathing is of great fruit, of great advantage.

And how is mindfulness of in-and-out breathing developed, how is it made much of, how is it of great fruit, great advantage? Concerning this, one who has gone to the forest, to the root of a tree or to an empty place, sits down cross-legged with the back straight, establishing mindfulness in front of him.

Mindfully one breathes in, mindfully one breathes out. Breathing in a long breath one knows: ‘I am breathing in a long breath;” breathing out a long breath one knows: “I am breathing out a long breath.” Breathing in a short breath one knows: “I am breathing in a short breath;” breathing out a short breath one knows: “I am breathing out a short breath.”

One trains oneself, thinking: “Breathing in I shall experience the whole body.” One trains oneself, thinking: “Breathing out I shall experience the whole body.” One trains oneself, thinking: “Breathing in I will tranquillize bodily activities.” One trains oneself, thinking: “Breathing out I will tranquillize bodily activities.”

Majjhima Nikaya I.425


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

Daily Dhamma Study Group

Teachings of Lord Buddha in the Pali Canon

Buddha's Brain

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." ~ Buddha

Upāsakatta

———————————————————

rationaldhamma

about buddhist teachings

Cattāri Brahmavihārā

Practicing the Dhamma-vinaya in the context of a full-blown lay life.