Modus.Ponens wrote:This comes in the sequence of the "Anapanasati" discussion on the pali forum. There, bodom says:
"I would say the first two steps in the first tetrad refer specifically to mindfulness OF breathing...."
I would say that that just indicates that the discussion was not on-topic for the Pali Forum. It turned into a discussion about opinions about technique rather than a discussion about the definitions of the words.
In fact, looking at the topic again http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3978
the question really seems to be "how should we interpret this in a practise sense", rather than a question about Pali grammar, and should have been in the meditation section in the first place. Where, of course, it would be appropriate to have discussion like "the literal meaning of the phrase is X, but here's how it seems to be interpreted in practise..."