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Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Mojo » Sun May 19, 2013 6:47 am

Howdy all. I have a stressed out work acquaintance that I'd like to introduce to a basic breath meditation. I'm really looking for something short and sweet - something eyecatching but useful - nonsectarian. This person is online alot which is why I'm going the youtube route instead of a book.

This person's plate is overflowing.

Thanks,

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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Mojo » Sun May 19, 2013 5:24 pm

Perhaps an intro to metta?
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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby daverupa » Sun May 19, 2013 5:30 pm

I would offer kaya contemplation: basically training to experience breathing as a whole-body event, and sustaining attention away from chains of thought. Then, talking with them about calming involvement with that has a good foundation, and in this way the first tetrad of anapanasati is introduced as a process of lucid awareness & letting go, rather than as a religious engagement or strictly seated endeavor.

I'm unaware of specific Youtube resources that align with this.
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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Aloka » Sun May 19, 2013 5:58 pm

Mojo wrote:Howdy all. I have a stressed out work acquaintance that I'd like to introduce to a basic breath meditation. I'm really looking for something short and sweet - something eyecatching but useful - nonsectarian. This person is online alot which is why I'm going the youtube route instead of a book.

This person's plate is overflowing.

Thanks,

Mojo


How about number 5 (3.48 minutes) of Ajahn Jayasaro's Buddhist Meditation series on YouTube ?






Mojo wrote:Perhaps an intro to metta?


Number 7 in the series is a Metta instruction.


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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Coyote » Sun May 19, 2013 6:23 pm

daverupa wrote:I would offer kaya contemplation: basically training to experience breathing as a whole-body event, and sustaining attention away from chains of thought. Then, talking with them about calming involvement with that has a good foundation, and in this way the first tetrad of anapanasati is introduced as a process of lucid awareness & letting go, rather than as a religious engagement or strictly seated endeavor.

I'm unaware of specific Youtube resources that align with this.


That sounds a lot like Thanissaro Bhikkhu's meditation instructions. The guided meditation is 40 mins long though.
You could try his metta instructions, though it is not on youtube. http://dhammatalks.org/mp3_collections_index.html#guided

Or there is Ven. yuttadhammo's instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH2sEqrCza4 though it is not traditional breath meditation.

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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Rasko » Sun May 19, 2013 10:05 pm

Mojo wrote:Howdy all. I have a stressed out work acquaintance that I'd like to introduce to a basic breath meditation. I'm really looking for something short and sweet - something eyecatching but useful - nonsectarian. This person is online alot which is why I'm going the youtube route instead of a book.


"Professor Mark Williams offers a brief guided meditation"
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Re: Need a short youtube intro to breath meditation

Postby Mojo » Sun May 19, 2013 11:30 pm

Coyote wrote:
daverupa wrote:I would offer kaya contemplation: basically training to experience breathing as a whole-body event, and sustaining attention away from chains of thought. Then, talking with them about calming involvement with that has a good foundation, and in this way the first tetrad of anapanasati is introduced as a process of lucid awareness & letting go, rather than as a religious engagement or strictly seated endeavor.

I'm unaware of specific Youtube resources that align with this.


That sounds a lot like Thanissaro Bhikkhu's meditation instructions. The guided meditation is 40 mins long though.
You could try his metta instructions, though it is not on youtube. http://dhammatalks.org/mp3_collections_index.html#guided

Or there is Ven. yuttadhammo's instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH2sEqrCza4 though it is not traditional breath meditation.

Metta


Thank you and everyone else for your suggestions. I sent her Thanisarro's 40 min guided meditation from this link. I like his clear concise instructions as well as his diction. His instructions pass on the Buddha's wisdom without sounding Buddhist. Not that there is a problem with sounding Buddhist, but I'm interested in helping all those that I can regardless of their faith and the last thing I want is for someone to tune out good advice just because it sounds preachy or contrary to their beliefs.
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