Aids to anapanasati

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Aids to anapanasati

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:39 am

I'd be interested to share ideas and experience for techniques which assist with the development of mindfulness of breathing practice.

The ones I've come across are listed below, but I'm sure there are others and would be interested to hear about them - also about what you've found most useful.

1. Counting techniques ( there are several );
2. Listening to the breath;
3. Following the breath ( from the tip of the nose to the abdomen and back );
4. Guarding the breath ( focussing on the tip of the nose );
5. Deliberately regulating the breath for short periods.

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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:42 am

Related to anapanasati but more indirectly, awareness of the rise and fall of the abdomen.
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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby bodom » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:59 pm

Two syllables...

'Bud-dho'

'Bud' on the in breath, 'dho' on the out breath.

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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby bodom » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:45 pm

*Quick note to participants in this thread that ive moved the posts discussing 'buddho' to the Buddho Thread:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=2552

Please feel free to continue the discussion on the 'buddho' technique there.

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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby 5heaps » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:05 pm

dont forget that the time in between sessions is just as important if not more than the actual meditation session. therefore guard the mind, build renunciation, build love + compassion, etc.
aside from that a good trick is to set a sophisticated intention before the meditation session. the better the mind is at the start of the meditation, the better the meditation.

for actual technique, spending 5min on a bodyscan at the start is a rapid way of getting the mind off habitually making concepts. since the body is in the present moment, moving from concepts which are aimed at the past and the future to the body for a short while achieves a lot already.

finally, once you have your object, dont change it and dont move off it
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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:37 am

5heaps wrote:dont forget that the time in between sessions is just as important if not more than the actual meditation session. therefore guard the mind, build renunciation, build love + compassion, etc.


I agree. Actually I sometimes think that the main point of sitting meditation is to provide the foundation for mindfulness and insight off the cushion.

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Re: Aids to anapanasati

Postby Spiny O'Norman » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:39 am

1. Counting techniques ( there are several );
2. Listening to the breath;
3. Following the breath ( from the tip of the nose to the abdomen and back );
4. Guarding the breath ( focussing on the tip of the nose );
5. Deliberately regulating the breath for short periods.
6. Using a mantra like "Buddho";
7. Watching the movement of the abdomen;
8. Preparation eg using body-scan;

Any more? :smile:

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