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Breathing Fulfils the 4 Foundations of Awareness!



Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this: How, Ānanda, is this fine
concentration by Awareness by Breathing
(Ānāpānasati) developed and
cultivated so that it fulfils the Four Foundations of Awareness (Sati) ?



Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu: 
1: Breathing long, knows, notes and understands: I breathe in and out long!
2: Breathing short, knows, notes and understands: I breathe in and out short!
3: Trains thus: Experiencing this entire body, I will breathe in and out!
4: Trains thus: Calming all bodily activity, I will breathe in and out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body as a group,
keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! This is a certain kind of body, Ānanda,
a kind of accumulation, just this breathing in and breathing out in itself...

Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu: 
5: Trains thus: Experiencing enraptured joy, I will breathe in and out!
6: Trains thus: Experiencing a happy pleasure, I will breathe in and out!
7: Trains thus: Experiencing all mental activity, I will breathe in and out!
8: Trains thus: Calming all mental activity, I will breathe in and out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating feeling as a reaction,
keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! For what reason? Close attention to
breathing in and breathing out is also a certain kind of feeling, Ānanda...

Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu: :
9: Trains thus: Experiencing the present mood, I will breathe in and out!
10: Trains thus: Elating, and satisfying the mind, I will breathe in and out!
11: Trains thus: Concentrating, and focusing mind, I will breathe in and out!
12: Trains thus: Releasing, and liberating the mind, I will breathe in and out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating mind only as moods,
keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing all desire and
frustration rooted in this world! I tell you, Ānanda, there is no gaining
concentration by awareness by breathing for one, who is confused, and
who lacks clear comprehension of the actually present mentality and mood!

Whenever, Ānanda, a Bhikkhu: 
13: Trains thus: Contemplating impermanence, I will breathe in and out!
14: Trains thus: Contemplating disillusion, I will breathe in and out!
15: Trains thus: Contemplating ceasing, I will breathe in and out!
16: Trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in and out!
On that occasion the Bhikkhu dwells contemplating all phenomena as
mental states, keen, clearly comprehending, and aware, thereby removing
all desire and frustration rooted in this world! Having by understanding
seen what really is the elimination of greed and discontent, he is one
who just looks on, over-viewing carefully in imperturbable equanimity...
It is, Ānanda, when Awareness by Breathing is trained, developed and
refined in this very way, that it fulfils the 4 Foundations of Awareness...

These 16 steps should be memorized fully. Print out and bring to pillow!

Video on detailed explanation of Ānāpānasati breathing meditation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZLud0Ue7LE

Ānāpānasati breathing meditation guided and explained:
As streaming audio and mp3 download
https://soundcloud.com/bhikkhu-samahita/anapanasatibreathingmeditation


The Buddha explains Awareness by Breathing
(Ānāpānasati Sutta, Majjhima
Nikāya 118)


More on this sublime technique used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Awareness_by_Breathing.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/Manual/Meditation.Manual.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/DPPN/wtb/a/anapana_sati.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_I.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_II.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_III.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_LAMP_IV.htm

Full text and all classic commentarial explanations:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/pdfs/anapanasati.pdf



Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:329-31]
section 54: Ānāpānasamyutta. Thread 13: Ānanda!

Unique and Subtle Breathing!


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