Ben wrote:Hi zac
So long as you have anchored your attention firmly on the breath, all you need to do with regards those instructions is to be aware is that the breath is long or short. You don't need to verbalize those words.
Goofaholix wrote:You can deliberately use long breaths for a while if you want if you need to help the mind calm down.
Otherwise you just let the breathing happen naturally.
If you are doing a mahasi style noting technique then it might be approprate to label the breath as long or short. Otherwise just noticing whether it's relatively long or short is enough and you don't need to make a big thing out of the longness or shortness, it's just one aspect that you might notice.
Some teachers do encourage a progression of longness and shortness though, See Anapanasati by Buddhadasa Bhikku, or some of Ajahn Brahms explanations.
Kenshou wrote:By the way, as for the rest of the Anapanasati sutta, here's a sutta which gives some clarification an expansion on some of the vaguer sections, especially the last group of 4. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html Might be good to keep in mind.
Wind wrote:According to the translation, it says he "knows" he is breathing long.. so it is not actually saying in his mind I'm breathing long. Being exactly aware of how you are breathing, planting your entire focus on the breathing...
That's how i understand it.
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