Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Postby marc108 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:09 am

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Postby polarbear101 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:04 am

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Postby polarbear101 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:13 pm

I'm rather skeptical of the claim that humans can slow down their metabolism to the point where they don't even breathe anymore, but whatever. I suppose I could be wrong.
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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Postby Kamran » Tue May 15, 2012 1:42 am

Thanissaro Bikhu points out that depending on what state of mind you are in you may need to breath differently.

For instance, it is helpful sometimes to push the breath. Breathing unnaturally deep for a few minutes at the start is helpful to reset yourself in some cases. You have to experiment and figure out what type of breath you need.

Also, keep in mind Thanissaro Bikhu defines the breath as the energy flow in the body, so if you focus your awareness on your hands you can feel an energy and they will probably even tingle. When you breath in you can feel the whole body breathing in, not just from the nose, but through the skin.

It took me a while to understand and experience what he meant by "breath energy". At first, I started to visualize/imagine the breath going to different parts of the body, but then became sensitive to the energy on a particular body part or throughout the body simply by shifting my awareness to that spot and no longer need to visualize.

I have found that whole body awareness/breath energy as taught by Thanissaro Bikhu is the most effective method for maintaining mindfulness when I am at work throughout the day.
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Re: Thanissaro Bikkhu and manipulation of the breath

Postby Bakmoon » Mon May 21, 2012 1:54 am

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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