Mindfulness with Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners

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Any practitioner, after meditating for some time, inevitably wonders what meditation method the historical Buddha Shakyamuni himself used while beneath the Bodhi Tree. Many people understand that prior to his realization, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with many of the great yogis of his time, but most do not know what method he ultimately found leads most directly to nirvana. In Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's book, Mindfulness With Breathing, the Thai meditation master provides practitioners with penetrating insights ...

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Overview

Any practitioner, after meditating for some time, inevitably wonders what meditation method the historical Buddha Shakyamuni himself used while beneath the Bodhi Tree. Many people understand that prior to his realization, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with many of the great yogis of his time, but most do not know what method he ultimately found leads most directly to nirvana. In Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's book, Mindfulness With Breathing, the Thai meditation master provides practitioners with penetrating insights into the Anapanasati Sutta, the canonical text which many believe is the most direct transmission of Shakyamuni Buddha's breath meditation methods. Combined with a concise translation of the sutta itself, Mindfulness with Breathing is one of the best guides to Buddhist meditation practice available in the English language.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780861711116
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Ajahn Buddhadasa (1906-93) is perhaps the most influential Buddhist teacher in the history of Thailand. In 1932 he founded Wat Suan Mokkhablarama, one of the first forest monasteries in Thailand. During his lifetime he was given eight honorary doctorates by Thai universities. Since the 1960s his work helped inspire a new generation of socially concerned individuals both in Thailand and throughout the world.

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Table of Contents

Anumodana 9
Foreword 11
Preface to the Revised Edition 15
Translator's Introduction 17
Acknowledgments 23
Textual Notes 25
1 Why Practice Dhamma? 27
2 Getting Started 39
3 Bodies of Breath 51
4 Calming the Kaya 57
5 Mastering the Vedana 69
6 Contemplating the Citta 79
7 The Supreme 91
8 The Highest Benefits 99
Translator's Conclusion: Summary and Suggestions for Practice 109
Mindfulness with Breathing Discourse 129
Notes 139
Glossary 145
About the Author 157
About the Translator 159
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