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by stevenpaul
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapana meditation in Vipassana
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Re: Anapana meditation in Vipassana

Hi, Obviously you see it as different training methods. I don't agree on that. To me they are faculties of the mind, not trainings. When you focus on the breath, both samadhi and vipassana are needed and trained. As may be obvious from experience, you can't have a still and sharp mind without knowi...
by stevenpaul
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapana meditation in Vipassana
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Re: Anapana meditation in Vipassana

You said "we allow attention to be pulled towards distractions", can you see the freudian slip there? In a vipassana approach nothing is a distraction, anything and everything that arises is a worthy object of attention, an opportunity for learning. Yes, I agree 100%. I was trying to say that we ta...
by stevenpaul
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapana meditation in Vipassana
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Re: Anapana meditation in Vipassana

Thank you all for the great thread. I have much more to go on now. I'm reasonably convinced by the posts of Mike66, Amtross, and Goofaholix that Anapana could be used to cultivate samadhi when we focus away from distractions and also used for sati when we temporarily focus on distractions before ret...
by stevenpaul
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapana meditation in Vipassana
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Anapana meditation in Vipassana

Hi everyone, I notice that some teachers and authors recommend taking the breath as an object of meditation in the practice of Vipassana. At the same time, the same teachers will talk about how mindfulness of breath is great for building concentration. Next we hear how concentration power alone is i...