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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Counting is intended for those who have never before practised anapana sati. Aapanasati knowledge, which becomes extended to all bodily and mental phenomena in terms of their dependent arising, anapaasati called the comprehension of conditions.

Of these sixteen, the first tetrad has been explained here. Having received proper instructions on how to practise this method of meditation, one should purify one’s moral virtue by observing the precepts and should surrender one’s life to the Triple Gem.

That external breathing has stopped, but the internal breathing functions. Finally, the Buddha taught that, with these factors developed in this progression, the practice of anapanasati would lead to release Pali: Below are some of the matters that have multiple interpretations:. 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: Archived from the original on By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

First, for the practice to be successful, one should dedicate the practice, and set out the goal of the meditation session. The head should be held straight, tilted a slight angle downwards, the nose perpendicular to the navel. If he breathes in a long breath, he should comprehend this with full awareness. At first glance, the four frames of reference for satipatthana practice sound like four different meditation exercises, but MN [the Anapanasati Sutta ] makes clear that they can all center on a single practice: The practice of focusing one’s attention changes the brain in ways to improve that ability over time; the brain grows in response to meditation.


Anapanasati Sutta

Anapanasati is most commonly practiced with attention centered on the sinhsla, without any effort to change the breathing. Buddhist Studies Review 24 2doi: Bodily pain and numbness disappear, and the body begins to feel an exhilarating comfort, as if it were being fanned with a cool gentle breeze.

If the mind has lost track of the count, the meditator should begin the counting over again. When the meditator sits down for meditation, he fixes his attention at the tip of his nose and consciously attends to the sequence of in-and-out breathing.

These attainments, together with stream-entry, form the seventh stage of purity, purification by knowledge and vision. The learning sign is unsteady, it moves here and there, up and down. Pranayamaor Yogic breath control, is very popular in traditional and modern forms of Yoga. Then, by considering the means of releasing himself, there arises in him a state of wisdom which quickly reflects on impermanence, suffering and egolessness, and leads to subtle and deep dutta of insight.

Be careful to note that Alan Watts points out that both things are true: As we have been endowed with all these blessings, if our aspirations are ripe, we can in this very life reach the final goal of Nibbana through anapnaasati graduated stages of stream entry, once-returner, non-returner and arahatship.

And it can flip – both are just happening: Therefore, this advice of the Buddha to keep the upper part of the body erect should be clearly comprehended and followed. Compare right mindfulness and satipatthana. Wikisource has original text related to this article: When a person meditates earnestly in this manner, seeing the entire process, a joyous thrill pervades his mind.

Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. One may begin by briefly reflecting on the abundant virtues of the Buddha, extending loving-kindness towards all beings, pondering the repulsiveness of the body, and considering the inevitability of death.

One should choose a convenient time for meditation and practise with utmost regularity, reserving the same period sinhaoa day for one’s practice. Formally, there are sixteen stages — or contemplations — of anapanasati. The wisdom that distinguishes between the exhilarating results of the practice and the task of detached contemplation is called “purification by knowledge and vision of the true path and the false path.


Anapanasati: Meditation on Breathing by Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma

As this wisdom becomes clearer, the mind becomes illumined and happiness and tranquility arise, along with faith, vigour, mindfulness, wisdom and equanimity. The Buddhist Way of Tranquillity and Insight.

Next the Buddha explained the sitting posture. These became integrated in various Buddhist traditions, as well as into non-Buddhist traditions such as Daoism. The beginning of the in-breath, properly understood, is the start of the inhalation, the middle is continued inhalation, and the end is the completion of the inhalation. The eyes can be closed softly, or left half-closed, whichever is more comfortable.

This last can be a quiet restful hut, or a dwelling place free from the presence of people. When these factors appear, he reflects on them, observing their three characteristics of impermanence, suffering and egolessness. Just as a man sawing a log will keep his attention fixed on the spot where the teeth of the saw cut through the wood, without following the movement of the teeth back and forth, so the meditator should contemplate the breath as it swings back and forth around the nostrils, without letting his mindfulness be distracted by the breath’s inward and outward passage through the body.

Anapanasati – Wikipedia

The path is followed by two or three moments of the fruit of stream-entry, by which he enjoys the fruits of his attainment. For many Tibetans the very term ‘mindfulness’ sati in Pali, rendered in Tibetan by dran pa has come to be understood almost exclusively as ‘memory’ or ‘recollection. Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries.

Sutra sound of the chant also serves to focus the mind in one-pointed concentration samadhiwhile the sense of self dissolves as awareness becomes absorbed into a realm of pure sound. According to the Visuddhimagga, counting Pali: When this is accomplished without any counting failure doshathe practitioner advances to the second step, i.

The difference lies simply in the subtlety of one’s focus He develops it, and for him it goes to the culmination of its development.