Meditation and your breath

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Re: Meditation and your breath

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:51 pm

A classic and profound text on breath meditation; the very same approach Buddha used under the Bodhi Tree.

Here is an excerpt from Six Gates to the Sublime:

http://kalavinka.org/book_excerpts/SGS_ ... _Intro.pdf
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
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Re: Meditation and your breath

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:25 pm

How his Preface begins:
The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime

The Great Master of Tiantai Mountain set forth these Dharma gates
in this summary form at the Capital’s Waguan Monastery.

Dhyāna Master Zhiyi’s Preface:

As for the “six gates to the sublime (praṇīta),” they constitute the
very root of one’s internal practice and the essential route to realization
of the paths of the Three Vehicles. Hence, when Shākyamuni
first arrived at the Bodhi Tree and sat down in lotus posture on the
cushion of grass, “He directed his thought inwardly to ānāpāna:
first, counting (gaṇanā); second, following (anugamaḥ); third, stabilization
(sthānam), fourth, contemplation (upalakṣaṇā); fifth, turning
(vivartanā); and sixth, purification (pariśuddhiḥ).” It was because of
this that the myriad practices opened forth and took effect, resulting
in the subduing of the demons and the realization of the Path.

One should realize that the Buddha is the model for beings. Since
he pointed out his own tracks in this fashion, how then could the
orthodox personages of the Three Vehicles fail to all travel together
along this road?
Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Nietzsche

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