lyallben wrote:Richard Shankman is also open to using full body anapana as is Andrea Fella ( a student of Thanissaro Bhikku).
I listened to a talk by Ajahn Sona and he seemed to be saying that his interpretation of the Anapana Sati Sutta was that awareness at the nostrils was the correct technique- to appreciate the subtlety of breath.
How do other people feel about this whole body anapana method? When I first started meditating there were only two alternatives awareness at the nostrils or the Mahasi Method.
Do you think Jhana is possible through using this whole body anapana method?
Mr. Shankman has said that the highest levels of Jhana are attainable by nose, abdomen & full body & I believe him given his experience. Ajahn Sona makes the argument (http://www.leighb.com/case_of_the_missing_simile.htm
) that the nose is the correct spot because it's use is consistent across the Patisambhidamagga, Vimuttimagga & Visuddhimagga. I started my Anapanasati practice using my nose but lost most of the sensation in my nose due to allergies, then tried other various methods but settled on the whole-body approach re: Ajahn Sucitto. In my experience, the experience of meditation is different using different spots but can still be totally congruent with the Buddhas approach to meditation regardless of spot.
My personal opinion is that the spot doesn't matter, per-say, unless you are trying to do very deeply absorbed Jhanas re: the Visuddhimagga. You have, clearly, very attained teachers teaching all variety of 'spots'... nose, abdomen, whole-body, even no spot at all.
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