Anapanasati and Samatha

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ShanYin
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Anapanasati and Samatha

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Is Anapanasati the same thing as Samatha?

Maybe just the difference is that Anapanasati means always a meditation on the breath, while Samatha can be on a flame or on a visualization ?

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Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

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Anapana sati is a meditation technique (meditation on in and out bteathing)
Samatha is the result of such meditation techniques.

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Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

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ShanYin wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:31 am
Is Anapanasati the same thing as Samatha?

Maybe just the difference is that Anapanasati means always a meditation on the breath, while Samatha can be on a flame or on a visualization ?
The 16 steps of anapanasati lead to both concentration and insight.

:namaste:
With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasaka Keep Nanayon

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Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

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ShanYin wrote:Maybe just the difference is that Anapanasati means always a meditation on the breath, while Samatha can be on a flame or on a visualization ?]
Right, think of Samatha and Vipassana as specifications while Anapanasati is an implementation that can work for both (1st to 3rd tetrads for Samatha, 4th tetrad for Vipassana). Samatha can use various different subjects other than the breath, like the kasinas, the Three Jewels, the Brahmaviharas, etc. ( a total of 40 meditation subjects ).

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Webu Sayadaw said Anapana sati is suffcient for Vipassana. Perhaps he smoothly segued from Samatha To Vipassana. Anapana sati > Samatha > Vipassana. It's the still mind, attained by practicing anapana meditation, that is capable of insight meditation.

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Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

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sunnat wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:41 am
Anapana sati is a meditation technique (meditation on in and out bteathing)
Samatha is the result of such meditation techniques.
Is Samatha a state of mind? I think I have been in a special state of mind through focusing on breathing but I do not think it was Samadhi or Jhana.

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Re: Anapanasati and Samatha

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Samadhi, Samantha is a focused, concentrated, still, calm mind. The continual return of the wandering mind to the object of meditation (in and out breathing) in time stops the wandering and the mind is easily fixed on the object of meditation. The more samatha, the less wandering, distracted mind.

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