How To Practice Buddhist Breathing Meditation

How To Practice Buddhist Breathing Meditation

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  1. lolzabubblesAug 25, 2011

    @k6996 Wow! Thanks for the advice! It really does help me now realise and now I hardly think of anything when I meditate! I know, I am a bit young but I need it! I hope we can talk again!!

  2. fmeletisAug 25, 2011

    count….count….count…I DONT WANT TO THINK ANYTHING!!

  3. rweerakkody4565Aug 25, 2011

    may you all attain nirvana. thank you for sharing this __/__

  4. frepiAug 25, 2011

    “Step 6 : Reflect on what you want to achieve from this meditation.” This statement is clearly not from the buddhist tradition. Buddhist meditation is not about “achieving” but mindfully and equanimously observing what is there, no matter what it is: pain, boredome, fear, anxiety, etc. If you want to achieve something, you may be meditating, but not in the buddhist way.

  5. joetuns1Aug 25, 2011

    “The main purpose of meditation is to clear your desires” Isn’t clearing your desires a desire? Just curious.

  6. 13b1cdw9gAug 25, 2011

    meditation is to quiet the mind. kind of hard to do if you’re trying to remember 12 steps

  7. MrwilwakAug 25, 2011

    What’s Booooodizm ?
    I can’t take this woman seriously until she learns how to say the word.

  8. mrcuteblackieAug 25, 2011

    Never you do this breathing mindfulness stuff. It might actually disturbr natural breathing in daily life. Soon you will start without wanting to notice, noticing your breath and being aware of it, which is unnatural. Then the more you try to ignore your breath, the more you remember it.

  9. MeditationGanjaAug 25, 2011


  10. tysy73Aug 25, 2011

    good god…101 steps on how to breath? If your mind starts to wander just try to remember all the steps.

  11. f***mania07Aug 25, 2011


  12. anurajayatilakeAug 25, 2011

    @mujaku do you know Why Buddha’s don’t die(not physical body as it dies). (these are nver in any book). Bcos they are already dead in ultimate. bcos one has to “go beyond that of death while living” to see the path even for the 1st time. I REPEAT “Anapansathi dies or breathing stops minutes before death” so what happens to any practice of it? BE WISE. “ASK QUESTIONS” SEEK WHEN U CAN. IF one is blind, shall not see the value of a GEM from that of a rock. — Thanx anywy. Gd luck. over and out.

  13. anurajayatilakeAug 25, 2011

    @mujaku don’t you wana know anything outside of these books/texts and so on written by some unknowns. Most ppl are brainwashed to believe. and do not want to exercise free will and intuition. Good. keep on reading and practicing it for million years. Thr r many more millions who practice(d) it for ages, ask if any1 of thm are enlightned. just ask them to say one single thing of the truth outside of any of the books, heard from someone or theorized/imagined from what is already available. cntd

  14. mujakuAug 25, 2011

    @anurajayatilake The term “Dharma” has at least a half dozen different meanings. It can refer to the Buddha’s teachings in general or the transcendent. A Buddha is known by his Dharma-kaya or transcendent body, not by his mortal body or rupa-kaya. Nirvana is immortality or amata, in Pali. Bottom line Buddha’s don’t die. Anapanasati is an excellent meditation for winning nirvana IF done correctly. The entire mortal body is transcended by this practice.

  15. anurajayatilakeAug 25, 2011

    @mujaku Postmortem is a POSTMORTEM. Dhamma cannot be memorized but realized and thereafter be a teacher. that is how it was carried forward then. Anapanasathi is something one sees(physically with different faculty of Wisdom eye not the eye made of flesh) when one goes through the path. anapanasathi is not the path or a method to practice. we have ppl who try to memorize what is in a postmortem report but knows nothing of the true intelligence, knowledge or the wisdom of the deceased & nver be

  16. mujakuAug 25, 2011

    @anurajayatilake Siddhartha is a Sanskrit name. It doesn’t appear in the Pali canon. As part of ancient Indian tradition, the words of religious persons were memorized, for example, the Vedas. Only in postmortem Buddhism are Sutras written down—still, to this day, monks in Sri Lanka, for example, memorize Suttas. On several occasions, for example in the Udana, the Buddha gives instruction on anapanasati. There is rather an extensive commentary attached to it as well in the Udana-Atthakatha.

  17. anurajayatilakeAug 25, 2011

    @mujaku One is not born as the Buddha but becomes one after. What is The Buddha’s childhood what was his name before being the Buddha When he married and had a child too?. if its nt in the text/canon you are reading, then its obvious omission. Did Buddha ever said he practiced Anapanasathi? what he said was that he practiced the middle path. is it not mentined too? Those texts are not writtn by the Buddha himself. One has to always ask intuitive questions until one sees the dhamma by himslf

  18. rodrigolfernandesAug 25, 2011

    thats terrible

  19. mujakuAug 25, 2011

    @anurajayatilake First, the Pali Nikayas NEVER mention the name “Siddhartha”; second there is zero evidence that anapanasati was practiced before Gotama the Buddha.

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