Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

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Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

Postby Billymac29 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:02 pm

Mojo wrote:
Rasko wrote:
Mojo wrote:Does anyone know of a good and free program to help ease one into a full Anapanasati routine over an extended amount of time?

Anapanasati Practice - Mindfulness of Breathing
"Recordings of the Dharma Practice day series on Anapanasati Practice offered by Gil Fronsdal."

The recordings start with an Introduction (September 7, 2007).


Thank you. I found a short bio of Gil on wikipedia. It said he had trained in Zen then Insight meditation. I didn't see anything about Anapanasati proper. Is he considered a good source of instruction on Anapanasati?

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Mojo

Gil in my opinion is one of the best dhamma teachers we have in the states! For me he is the best lay teacher we have. He is extremely versed in Theravada Buddhism and Pali. He has a Phd from Stanford in Buddhist Studies. I believe he is the transcriber of an addition of the Dhammapada from the pali to english.

I think he has a great blend of what people call vipassana schools and samatha schools.
There are many great talks on his site here
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Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

Postby Mojo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:28 pm

I'm clearly drawn to vipassana more than samatha so I think I should really put effort onto learning more about Satipatthana so I'm going to start listening to Joseph Goldstein's Satipatthana series on Dharmaseed.

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Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

Postby Billymac29 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:32 pm

Mojo wrote:I'm clearly drawn to vipassana more than samatha so I think I should really put effort onto learning more about Satipatthana so I'm going to start listening to Joseph Goldstein's Satipatthana series on Dharmaseed.

Good glad to hear... I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.. He's been known to be a good teacher.
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Re: Developing an Anapanasati practice over time?

Postby Mojo » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:32 am

Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein might have been the first Dharma book I ever bought. I was pretty young at the time and though I remember enjoying the book, I think I turned away from this style because it wasn't exotic enough for me at the time.


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