Re: [SanghaOnline] Breathe in and out
- Dear Benoit,
sorry for not having time to answer your question immediately.
Well, you have done good practice. To my points of view, when you take
breath in and out, it doesn't disturb the process of your concentration.
Usually you have two objects when you take mindfulness meditation such
as Rising and Falling or Breathing in and Breathing out. But you have to
be mindful the two moments when you inhale and exhale. If you also take
walking meditation, you will realize your foot slowly up and down which
are two points. Thus two ojects that you realize can still be called
concentration or mindfulness.
Our mind is like a young cattle wandering around. Mindfulness is like a
pole so our mind should be tightened with the pole.
If you realize the mind and matter, even though you live for a day, you
are more nobler than the one who lives a hundred years with knowing
On Thu, 14 Feb 2002 18:57:20 -0800 (PST) Benoit Santerre
> Venerable Sayadaws,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> I have a question about anapana practice. I often read
> in vipassana books that as that air comes in it
> touches a spot near the nostrils, and when it goes out
> it touches the same spot. So the instructions say we
> must apply our attention on that same spot as we
> breathe in and as we breath out. However, my experience
> is that when I breathe in, I feel the air touch one
> spot, and when I breathe out I feel it touch another
> spot. So I must constantly reajust my attention to a
> different place as I breathe in and out. Does that
> disturb the process of attaining necessary
> concentration (e.g. access concentration)? Is it
> really necessary that only one spot be the object of
> Thank you,
> Homage to the Three Jewels,
- Dear Benoit,
The text describes but one experience. For people who are not yet familiar with
a particular "spot" in their nostril while breathing in and out, it is alright,
too, just to be aware of the in and out breating, without localising the
The ability to localise a spot comes as a result of concentrated mind. There
are some who do not even feel their breath, for them counting the breath is
encouraged. This practice though seems just like focussing on breathing like any
other anapana practice, it in fact, helps the person to focus on the number
and later build up on that concentration.
For many reasons, in and out breathing may not be balanced in size, length
and force. But we do not need to worry about it. We only need to apply
mindfulness to the in and out generally. The rest will follow.
These are, after all, techniques, which are not an end in themselves. There is
a time when a meditator needs no technique. Before that, we have to follow a
certain technique but try not to be very rigid about it. It is there only to help, not an achievement itself.