Meditation on the breath leading to insight? Help please!

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Meditation on the breath leading to insight? Help please!

Postby JadeRabbit » Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:37 pm

Hello to all,

Although I've been interested in Buddhism for 5 years or so, I've only recently become interested in the Theravada tradition (having followed Tibetan previously). I have also only had a consistent daily sitting meditation practice for 8 months or so.

My ignorant question is, is there a time when meditation on the breath leads to insight meditation (vipassana?).

Most books I have read discuss breathing meditation only and little on insight. From my understanding, breathing meditation should only be a preliminary, and I should then carry out some form of contemplation? (hopefully leading to insight).

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Meditation on the breath leading to insight? Help please!

Postby Fede » Wed Apr 22, 2009 3:43 pm

look at this thread for starters.... ask any questions you want.

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Re: Meditation on the breath leading to insight? Help please!

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:47 pm

Please see A Manual of Respiration by the late Venerable Ledi Sayādaw, particularly the section on How to Proceed to Insight.
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Re: Meditation on the breath leading to insight? Help please!

Postby JadeRabbit » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:54 am

Thank you both.

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