Posted by SkySitter (188.8.131.52) on October 26, 2000 at 02:40:23:
In Reply to: Tipitaka posted by Jim pinto on October 25, 2000 at 10:29:04:
: "Discourse on the Applications of Mindfulness"
: Part of this text talks about the breath serving the goal of gaining insight and liberation from samsara, what is so important about this aspect of the Tipitaka text? Also, what is the purpose of the cemetery meditations? Very complex text, would love clarification. Thank you very much, Jim Pinto
Which sutta are you refering to? I assume it is Majjhima Nikaya 118, Anapanasati Sutta, on Mindfulness of Breathing (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/majjhima/mn118.html).
My take is that the breathing is only a tool (an indicator). It could have been sitting, walking, eating, talking, thinking, or anything else. It is the concentration, cessation, and cultivation that we should pay attention to, while we breath, walk, eat, etc.
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