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Alan Peto

Alan Peto hosts an informative and helpful podcast for anyone who is interested in Buddhism and beginning a Buddhist practice. Alan is a Buddhist layperson who explains Buddhism and Buddhist teachings for beginners and Westerners on his website, https://alanpeto.com. This podcast is aimed at helping those exploring Buddhism or new to Buddhism understand Buddhist teachings and practices. Contact Alan: https://alanpeto.com/contact Podcast Homepage: https://alanpeto.com/podcast Podcast Disclaimer: https://alanpeto.com/legal/podcast-disclaimer/ read less
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66 - Buddhist Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation
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66 - Buddhist Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation
Learn Buddhist Mindfulness Breathing! Want to do breathing meditation like the Buddha? It's known as Ānāpānasati / Ānāpānasmṛti but is commonly referred to as "mindfulness of breathing". And it can be as straightforward as that. (Jump to 17:20 minutes in this episode for the meditation session; view all the chapters below) You are observing the breath without control, force, judgement, etc. While this sounds easy, your body has another agenda. You'll have thoughts, an itch, muscle aches, etc., to distract you. With practice, you will also observe these things, and just "let them go". While there are many different ways (and levels) to mindfulness of breathing, I'll give you a short and simple version here. Don't worry about trying to cover all these steps - just work on focusing on one spot on your body (such as the inside of your nostrils) and observe the breath going in and out, and your counting. That's it! With practice, and under the proper guidance of a teacher, this breathing meditation has many benefits to the development of meditative concentration, insight into conditioned phenomena, and much more! Chapters: 00:00 Introduction 00:53 Purpose 01:15 Why Practice 03:30 How to Practice 05:29 Where to Focus 06:14 Think Like an Observer 07:35 Length of Practice 08:01 Distractions 08:58 Calming & Insight 09:30 Go Easy on Yourself 10:30 How to Breathe 11:25 How it Changes You 12:55 Pre-Meditation Tips 17:20 Meditation Session (Follow Along) 23:00 End of Meditation Session Contact Alan: alanpeto.com/contact Podcast Homepage: alanpeto.com/podcast Podcast Disclaimer: alanpeto.com/legal/podcast-disclaimer --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/alanpeto/message