The Buddha declared that skillful practice of mindfulness of breathing (ānāpānasati) fulfills the four foundations of mindfulness and in turn the seven factors of enlightenment (bojjhaṅgā), leading us to complete liberation from suffering. In this retreat, we will study the Ānāpānasati Sutta (Majjhima Nikāya 118) for application and inspiration. We will deepen our understanding and develop our dexterity with the 16 ānāpānasati instructions, which constitute the most detailed meditation guidance offered by the Buddha. As we strengthen our skills, we will emphasize applying them in cultivating the seven factors of enlightenment.
Noble silence will be observed throughout the retreat except during study sessions or when we are sharing our experience.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.