Surrounded by many well-practiced mendicants, the Buddha teaches mindfulness of breathing in detail, showing how they relate to the four kinds of mindfulness. The method of practising ânàpànasati, as explained in the ânàpànasati-sutta of the Majjhima Nikàya, is complete in itself. One can understand and practise. Ānāpānasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing. (Introductory Section) 1. Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Sāvatthī in the Eastern.

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MN Mindfulness of Breathing—Bhikkhu Sujato

Translated for SuttaCentral by Sujato Bhikkhu. They practice breathing out experiencing these emotions. They practice breathing out freeing the mind. They practice breathing in freeing the mind. Surrounded by many well-practiced mendicants, the Buddha teaches mindfulness of breathing in detail, showing how anapanasatl relate to the four kinds of mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness of Breathing—Bhikkhu Sujato. Having seen with wisdom anapanasafi giving up of desire and aversion, they watch over closely with equanimity. They practice breathing out gladdening the mind.

They are as follows: See also Thanissaro a for similar wording. Copy link Copy table Cite. At such a time, a mendicant has activated the awakening factor of tranquility; they develop it and perfect it.

They practice breathing out experiencing the whole body. And those senior mendicants instructed the junior mendicants even more. They practice breathing in experiencing the mind.

Journal of Chinese Philosophy 15 pp. They practice breathing out experiencing bliss. Satisfied, the mendicants were happy with what the Buddha said. And the seven awakening factors, when developed and cultivated, fulfill knowledge and freedom. They practice breathing out observing impermanence. Breath mindfulness, in general, and this discourse’s core instructions, in particular, can be found throughout the Pali Canonincluding in the “Code of Ethics” that is, in the Vinaya Pitaka ‘s Parajika [16] as well as in each of the “Discourse Basket” Sutta Pitaka collections nikaya.


After stating this, the Buddha states that such an “ambrosial pleasant dwelling” is achieved by pursuing the sixteen core instructions identified famously in the Anapanasati Sutta. As they live mindfully in this way they investigate, explore, and inquire into that principle with wisdom. So you should rouse up even more energy for attaining the unattained, achieving the unachieved, and realizing the unrealized. Views Read Edit View history. Just mindful, they breathe in.

At such a time, a mendicant has activated the awakening factor of energy; they develop it and perfect it. That is what the Buddha said. The Anapanasati Sutta is a celebrated text among Theravada Buddhists. Some senior mendicants instructed ten mendicants, while some instructed twenty, thirty, or forty. For I say that close attention to the in-breaths and out-breaths is an aspect of feelings. The sutta includes sixteen steps of practice, and groups them into four tetrads, associating them with the four satipatthanas placings of mindfulness.

Vijja is the literal Pali antonym for avijjatraditionally translated as “ignorance” or “delusion” and canonically identified as the root of suffering dukkhacf. Next, the 16 objects or instructions are listed, generally broken into four tetrads.

Traditionally, the intent of such a meditation is primarily to diminish one’s attachment to their own or another’s body. They practice breathing in stilling these emotions. And how is mindfulness of breathing developed and cultivated to be very fruitful and beneficial? As they investigate principles with wisdom in this way their energy is roused up and unflagging. These core sixteen steps are one of the most widely taught meditation instructions in the early Buddhist texts.


Word meanings are from the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat Mindful, they breathe out.

In traditional Pali literaturethe 5th-century CE commentary atthakatha for this discourse can be found in two works, both attributed to Ven. Being instructed by the senior mendicants, the junior mendicants realized a higher distinction than they had before. They also appear in various Chinese translations sutya the Agamas such as in a parallel version of the Ananada sutta in the Samyukta-Agama, SA 8. So I have heard.

Anapanasati Sutta

Note that this is an aid only, and is not always accurate. Stuta is consistent with several enumeratons of Enlightenment factors i. Retrieved from ” https: Whenever a mendicant meditates by observing an aspect of feelings … mind … principles, at that time their mindfulness is established and lucid. Try using the modern version anyway.

The rest of the sutra explains how the four tetrads fulfill the four satipatthanas and then explains how the practice of the four tetrads anapahasati anapanasati fulfill the seven factors of awakening which themselves bring “clear knowing” and release. An assembly such as this is rarely seen in the world.

For a few of this chapter’s individual discourses, see SN The Steps of Breath Meditation. They practice breathing in observing fading away. They practice breathing in experiencing rapture.