LonesomeYogurt wrote:From what I've read, his writings on anapanasati are more "interpretation" than "translation." Helpful stuff, but it definitely lacks the nuance of a more scholarly approach.
Mojo wrote:I suppose I just really want to make sure that I have an easy to follow guide to practicing Anapanasati that I can practice and be confident that I'm actually practicing Anapanasati and not some other form of meditation.
Mojo wrote:It bothers my breathing and I've seen reports stating it is as dangerous as second hand cigarette smoke.
Mojo wrote:I should like to note that I'm going start sitting with a Thich Nhat Hanh group on this week.
porpoise wrote:I'd be interested to hear how you get on, and if there is any meditation instruction. I was involved in an Interbeing Sangha for a number of years.
Mojo wrote:I'm leaning toward getting Larry Rosenberg's Breath by Breath.
LonesomeYogurt wrote: . You may find his introduction to Anapanasati, which I consider to be one of the best ever written, helpful:
http://what-buddha-taught.net/Books3/Bh ... athing.htm
Mojo wrote:Thanks for the recommendations. For those familiar with both Buddhadasa and Rosenberg, what are the main differences in their presentations of Anapanasati? I should also note that I'm not particularly interested in whether I attain jhana or not.
I agree. I also found it helpful to combine it with Ajahn Lee's Keeping the Breathe In Mind and Thanissaro's guided meditations online and his written instructions from various of his writings. His latest book is a anapanasati manual and basically a compilation of all he'd done before, so there's no need to mine his works like I did.LonesomeYogurt wrote:...go with Buddhadasa if you're looking for the more comprehensive and all-in-one guide.
lojong1 wrote:porpoise wrote:I'd be interested to hear how you get on, and if there is any meditation instruction. I was involved in an Interbeing Sangha for a number of years.
I sit with interbeings once in a while here as the only group sit on that night. Bell rings and we sit 20mins, walk 10mins, sit 20 mins, and then about an hour of reading or chants or whatever thingy for the week, finishing with a tea circle. There hasn't been any sitting instructions but we are free to ask. Walkng is super slow with attention mostly on foot sensations and matching step to breath.
I enjoy the company but wouldn't want it to be my only source for buddha-dhamma-vinaya.
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