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This is Kamalashila's essential guide to working in the 'Mindfulness of Breathing' meditation. This meditation is an indispensable part of any set of practices, and here we have a thoughtful and sympathetic introduction, suitable for beginners and old hands alike. This is a companion recording to the full and short lead-throughs of the meditation itself which can also be found on the site.
This talk is part of the series Getting Started in Meditation.
|1.||Introduction to the tape - two meditations (see 'Metta Bhavana'); learning about your own mind; aspects of transformation (1:30)|
|2.||Introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing; paying attention; relaxing and focussing (2:19)|
|3.||The essential method of the practice; what's so special about the breath as an object of meditation; making an effort - counting the breath (2:48)|
|4.||A guide to the four stages; setting up the practice; the first stage - counting after the out-breath (3:47)|
|5.||The second stage - counting before the in breath; a more active engagement; patience (2:07)|
|6.||The third stage - stopping the counting; natural flow - quieting breath, body, and mind (1:59)|
|7.||The fourth stage - focussing on where you first feel the breath; subtle breath, subtle mind (1:24)|
Total running time: 15:54