jollybean wrote:In The Path To Arahantship by Ajahn Maha Boowa, he talks about how at the beginning of his meditation, he would repeat with mindfulness "Buddho" from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he went to sleep, day after day.
And he said this laid a solid foundation for his practice.
I'm wondering if one counts the breath... "one... two... three... ten" instead of using "Buddho", does this serve the same purpose?
Can one mentally count the breaths instead of using "Buddho" throughout the day, and similarly lay a solid foundation for his practice this way?
When you count your breaths, how far do you count?
One exercise is to try to reduce the number to which one counts. Eg. decide that for the given session, one will count to 5 and then begin again. That can be a good test of how much attention one is actually paying.
I find that one problem with "Buddho" is similar as if I were to count my breaths to 1, one by one: if I decide to count my breaths 1 ... 1 ... 1, it tends to happen that I catch myself only at around 3 or later, because I just automatically count forward, not actually noticing the breath nor the counting.
10 is a range that seems easier to be mindful of. Less than 10 is more difficult. 1 is much more challenging. And "Buddho" basically counts for one, requiring that one be able to pay attention to each and every breath
. And training oneself to be able to pay attention to each and every breath - that has got to be a solid foundation for one's practice.