The Ānāpānasati Sutta (Pāli) or Ānāpānasmṛti Sūtra (Sanskrit), “Breath- Mindfulness Discourse .. is the basis for Bodhi (), pp. ^ Asubhasuttaṃ, in the Sinhala Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project (SLTP) edition of the Pali Canon (see. Ānāpānasati (Pali; Sanskrit ānāpānasmṛti), meaning “mindfulness of breathing is a form of Buddhist meditation originally taught by Gautama Buddha in several. The method of practising ânàpànasati, as explained in the ânàpànasati-sutta of the Majjhima Nikàya, is complete in itself. One can understand and practise.

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According to American scholar snhala, Thanissaro Bhikkhuthis sutta contains the most detailed meditation instructions in the Pali Canon. The traditional recommendation in the lineage of meditators that developed in the Kagyu-Nyingma tradition is based on the idea of mixing mind and breath.

If that is inconvenient, one should sit with the two feet tucked underneath the body.

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One breathes in mindfully, breathes out mindfully. Retrieved from ” https: Thus anapaasati may see our very decisions to do things as just happening, just spontaneously arising – he asks “Do you decide to decide? He sees that in none of the spheres of existence, not even in the heavenly planes, is there any genuine pleasure or happiness, and he comprehends misfortune and danger. He exercises autta awareness so as to see the beginning, the middle and the end of these two functions of breathing in and breathing out.


Then, arousing the confidence that one is walking the very road to Nibbana walked by all the enlightened ones of the past, one should proceed forth on the path of meditation and strive with diligent effort. With each of these attainments one realizes in full the Four Noble Truthswhich had eluded one throughout one’s long sojourn in the cycle of rebirths. In some Japanese Zen meditation, the emphasis is upon maintaining “strength in the abdominal area” [14] dantian or “tanden” and slow deep breathing during the long outbreath, again to assist the attainment of a mental state of one-pointed concentration.

No matter how subtle the breathing becomes, one must still keep mindful of the contact phusana of the breath in the area of the nostrils, without losing track of it. The easiest is explained thus: The difference lies simply in the subtlety of one’s focus If the mind flees in all directions, and he misses the count, he becomes confused and thus can realize that his mind has wandered about. Views Read Edit View history.


At this time he begins to count these movements. With the path of stream-entry he realizes Nibbana and comprehends directly the Four Noble Truths.

With internal breathing there is no exhalation through the nose or mouth, but all pores on the body are breathing. There are a few methods of counting. Even if one cannot find complete silence, one should anapamasati a quiet place where one will enjoy privacy. 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: Part of a series anapanasafi Buddhism History.


It appeared to the Buddha like the clear and bright midday sun. The earlier Vimuttimagga also provides a commentary on Anapanasati, as does the Pali Patisambhidamagga.

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These became integrated in various Buddhist traditions, as well as into non-Buddhist traditions such as Daoism. If he is a layman, he first establishes ahapanasati in the five precepts or the ten precepts.

The hands should be placed gently on the lap, the back of the right hand over the palm of the left. He arouses an urge to free himself from the world, an all consuming desire for deliverance. This is purification of mind citta-visuddhi –the mind in which the hindrances have been fully suppressed–and this includes both access concentration and the four jhanas. These eight steps will first be enumerated, and then they will be explained in relation to the actual meditative process.

For a few of this chapter’s individual discourses, see SN He is said to have demonstrated sinhla spiritual powers, and was suttta to convert the warlords in this region of China over to Buddhism. This is an amplified paraphrase of the passage from the Maha Satipatthana Sutta on anapana sati.