Mindfulness of Breathing

Mindfulness of Breathing : A Practice Guide and Translations

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Buddhist scholar and teacher Bhikkhu Analayo explores the practice of mindfulness of breathing in the sixteen steps of the Anapanasati Sutta. This is an authoritative, practice-orientated elucidation of a foundational Buddhist text, useful to meditators whatever their tradition or background.

In the first six chapters Analayo presents practical instructions comparable to his Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide. The remaining chapters contain his translations of extracts from the early Chinese canon. With his accompanying commentary, these help the practitioner appreciate the early Buddhist perspective on the breath and the practice of mindfulness of breathing.

Analayo presents his understanding of these early teachings, arising from his own meditation practice and teaching experience. His aim is to inspire all practitioners to use what he has found helpful to build their own practice and become self-reliant.

The book is accompanied with freely downloadable audio files offering guided and progressive meditation instructions from the author.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911407449
  • 9781911407447
  • 116,647

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Praise for Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation 'Venerable Analayo brings a meticulous textual analysis of Pali texts, the Chinese Agamas and related material from Sanskrit and Tibetan to the foundational topics of compassion and emptiness. While his analysis is grounded in a scholarly approach, this study is a helpful guide for meditation practice.' Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo 'Arising from the author's long-term, dedicated practice and study, this book provides a window into the depth and beauty of the Buddha's liberating teachings.' Sharon Salzberg Praise for Mindfully Facing Disease and Death 'An invaluable and extraordinary resource on the profound teachings by the Buddha on dying, death, and grieving. Bhikkhu An?layo has given a great gift to all of us by bringing together in this book the compassionate wisdom of the Buddha on our mortality.' Roshi Joan Halifax 'I believe the Buddha would rejoice in this book and exhort all of us to read it and apply the medicine within. This will help to bring about the deepest healing of all - the healing of the mind and the heart - even if we are slipping over the final frontier of death itself.' Vidyamala Burch
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About Analayo

Bhikkhu Analayo is a faculty member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main area of academic research is early Buddhism, with a special interest in the topics of meditation and women in Buddhism. At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies he regularly teaches residential study and practice courses, participates in online programs and undertakes research into meditation-related themes.
He completed a PhD on the Satipatthana-sutta at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2000, published in 2003, by Windhorse Publications under the title Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization.
Other books include Perspectives on Satipatthana, Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death, A Meditator's Life of the Buddha and Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide.
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