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Counting the Breaths (Help)

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Counting the Breaths (Help)

Postby jollybean » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:22 am

In The Path To Arahantship by Ajahn Maha Boowa, he talks about how at the beginning of his meditation, he would repeat with mindfulness "Buddho" from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he went to sleep, day after day.

And he said this laid a solid foundation for his practice.

I'm wondering if one counts the breath... "one... two... three... ten" instead of using "Buddho", does this serve the same purpose?

Can one mentally count the breaths instead of using "Buddho" throughout the day, and similarly lay a solid foundation for his practice this way?

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Re: Counting the Breaths (Help)

Postby Aloka » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:15 am

Hi jollybean,

Ajahn Sumedho talks about watching the breath(Anapanasati) and also the mantra 'Buddho' in this booklet.(Inhalation ="Bud" & exhalation = "dho")



With kind wishes,


Aloka :)
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Postby Kamran » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:55 am

Counting 1-5, then 1-6, 1-7, 1-8, 1-9, 1-10 and then starting again at 1 to 5 will get the mind settled down, but then it gets in the way of sensing the subtler breath and body sensations at which point the counting can be dropped.
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Re: Counting the Breaths (Help)

Postby jollybean » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:45 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks for the helpful comments so far.

My meditation is going along just fine. And I just want to add one thing that may be helpful to meditators...

I used to start my meditation immediately counting/observing the breath, but now I always start off contemplating and reflecting on the four protections - the buddha, loving kindness, loathsomeness of the body, and recollection of death. I knew about these pre-meditation contemplations, but I often felt lazy to do it, so I would skip it and just dived right into anapanasati.

But now I'm starting to realize how extremely helpful it is to do these contemplations because they 'uplift' the mind, and make it much so much easier to settle the mind. Not to mention, I have noticed it empowers my daily life/routine because I feel generally happier, more open minded and accepting.

Cheers.

P.S It would be nice to hear about how important you guys find these preliminaries, based on your experience.

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Re: Counting the Breaths (Help)

Postby Bakmoon » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:33 pm

In my personal opinion, counting is just as effective as using Buddho. For me personally, I like it even better because I change the number I count to (Starting counting 1 to 5, then 1 to 6, all the way to ten and then restarting going up to 5) and because of that, if I get distracted, I forget what number I was counting up to and I catch myself right away.
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The cleansing of one's own mind:
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