can one experience Ceasing of all Pain?
The blessed Buddha once explained:
Bhikkhus, the concentration won by
Awareness by Breathing, when developed
and frequently cultivated, is of great
fruit and results in a big advantage...
And how, Bhikkhus, is concentration by
Awareness by Breathing developed
cultivated so that it is of great
fruit and advantage?
Bhikkhus, when one have gone to the forest, or to the
root of a
tree, or to an
empty hut, there one sits down cross-legged, having
straightened one's body
and back, and set up awareness around the
nostrils, then just plainly aware of
that breathing itself one breathes in, & just solely aware of only that
in itself, one breathes out...
Breathing in long, one knows, notes
and understands: I inhale long!
out long, one knows, notes and understands: I exhale long!
... ... ... (steps
2-15) ... ... ...
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe in!
One trains thus: Contemplating relinquishment, I will breathe out!
if such friend feels a pleasant feeling, then
he understands through
his prior training in breathing meditation:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to, nor delighted in...
If he feels a painful feeling, then he indeed also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to, nor engaged in...
If he feels a neutral feeling there
and then he also understands:
It is impermanent; it should neither be clung to, nor involved in...
Whether he feels a pleasant feeling, or a painful feeling, or a neutral feeling,
he feels it as if detached from it, as something remote,
estranged, and alien...
If he feels a feeling
terminating with the body, then he understands:
I feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this body...
If he feels a feeling terminating with life, then he understands:
I feel a feeling terminating at the same time as this life...
He then understands: With the break-up of this frame of a body,
the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, and all sensed,
not being delighted in,
will turn cold right there
Just as, bhikkhus, an oil lamp burns in
dependence on the oil and
the wick, and with the exhaustion of the oil and the
wick the flame ceases
to burn through lack of fuel, exactly so too, Bhikkhus,
a Bhikkhu feels a feeling terminating with the body or with life...
Then he understands: With the break-up of this
fragile frame of a body,
following the exhaustion of life, all that is felt, all that is sensed,
delighted in, by not being clung to, will cool down and cease right there
Video on detailed explanation of
breathing meditation guided and explained:
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technique is used by all Buddhas at Awakening:
Ānāpānasati text and commentary,
On the formless (ārupa) Jhānas and Ceasing:
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. [V:319-20]
section 54: Ānāpānasamyutta.
Thread 8: The simile of the Lamp!