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Monday, August 4, 2008

How to Meditate | Breathing Sutra

Yesterday I bought a copy of Breathe! You Are Alive: Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist scholar. The book explains the method of breathing practice as outlined by Buddha. The original title is The Anapanasati Sutta. I'm not sure whether the sutta (discourse) was authored directly by Buddha or by his followers, but it has that ring of conciseness one often associates with religious texts. The explication by Thich Nhat Hanh is clear as a bell. To summarize the book, as I understand it, one should sit in a clam and relaxed posture and concentrate on one's breathing. The difference between long and short breaths should be discerned. Then one will attain clearness of mind. From the meditation meeting I attended last week, I can attest to the fact that this kind of simple meditation works wonders for relaxation.

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