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Mindfulness of Breathing

Online Program
Dates: Jul 09, 2022 - Sep 03, 2022

Instructor(s): Bhikkhu Anālayo, Tuere Sala, Dawn Scott, Rachel Lewis, Mary Aubry, Kim Allen, Philip Jones

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Course Description:

Detailed information for this program can be found on the program webpage.

Mindfulness of Breathing is an eight-week, in-depth study of the sixteen steps of the Ānāpānasati-sutta, as a way of combining tranquility and insight in a form of practice that aims at the cultivation of the awakening factors. The course thereby builds on the practice, particularly of the awakening factors, developed in the first course on Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation. 

This course will undertake a study of the ten perceptions taught in the Girimānanda-sutta (AN 10.60), which culminate in the sixteen steps of mindfulness of breathing. The course is meant for experienced meditation practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding and practice. The emphasis throughout will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice.

Each week students will engage with recorded guided meditations and video lectures by Bhikkhu Anālayo, complete reading assignments from Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide, attend a 90-minute weekly group meeting, and contribute to a written online forum.


Certification of Completion for the Satipatthana Meditation online course, sitting the Early Buddhist Meditation course with Bhikkhu Analayo in person, or completion of the Early Buddhist Meditation Path Program.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Between July 4 and September 3 (the first meeting is an Orientation call with BCBS staff), regular meetings begin July 9.

Group A Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM

Group B Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 AM

Group C Thursdays 1:00-2:30 PM

Group D Thursdays 5:00-6:30 PM-BIPOC Group

Group E Fridays 9:30-11:00 AM 

Group F Fridays 12:00-1:30 PM

Group G Fridays 4:00-5:30 PM

Group H Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM-BIPOC Group

Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Bhikkhu Anālayo is a scholar-monk and the author of numerous books on meditation and early Buddhism, such as Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to RealizationPerspectives on Satipatthāna, and Satipatthāna Meditation: A Practice Guide. He is a Faculty Member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, having retired from being a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. His main area of academic research is early Buddhism, with a special interest in the topics of meditation and women in Buddhism. At the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies he regularly teaches residential study & practice courses, participates in online programs and undertakes research into meditation-related themes.  For a full list of Bhikkhu Anālayo’s publications, please click here.

  • Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years and has been a practicing member of SIMS since 2001. She is also the founding teacher of the Capitol Hill Meditation Group.Tuere has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.

  • Dawn Scott has been practicing Insight Meditation since 2008 and served as the Family Program Coordinator for eight years at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society’s 2017 – 2021 teacher training program, a co-principal teacher of Marin Sangha, and is a core teacher of Spirit Rock’s Liberation, Emptiness, and Awareness Practices (LEAP) Program and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Insight Meditation's joint program, Exploring the Heart of Freedom. Dawn has a deep love of long retreat practice and the Buddha's liberative teachings.

  • Rachel Lewis began practicing insight meditation in 2003, while completing her physics PhD at Yale. Since 2011, she has taught dharma and meditation classes and retreats in British Columbia and beyond. She completed the IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2021, and is a guiding teacher of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society. Her dharma teaching interests include the power of music, humour, and creativity to increase our capacity for learning, as well as the way that practice supports and is supported by social justice work.

  • Mary Aubry leads meditation retreats on insight, the jhānas, abiding in emptiness, and the brahmavihārās.  In addition, she has taught for programs that support mindfully meeting aging, illness, and dying, as well as training meditation companions for the aging, ill, and dying and those who love and care for them.  Mary also offers meditative support to parents of deceased children, having lost her son to cancer in 2015.  Additionally, Mary is one of the facilitating teachers for Bhikkhu Anālayo’s online Satipaṭṭhāna course offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  Prior to becoming a full-time meditation teacher, Mary worked as a lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department for 24 years.

  • Kim Allen began meditating in 2003, seeking both a path out of suffering and the deeper truths of life. She has practiced in the US and Sri Lanka, and was trained by Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Center. She teaches Dharma programs, sutta study, and retreats in-person and online. Kim lives as a lay contemplative and draws from a background in long retreat practice, textual study, and scientific training to bring classical Dharma to a modern context. Her website is http://www.uncontrived.org.

  • Philip Jones started meditating in 1987, teaching Insight Meditation in 1996, and graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2000. Phil co-founded Show Me Dharma in Columbia, MO and has served on the board of Mid America Dharma, a retreat organization, since 1994. In recent years he has studied with Bhikkhu Anālayo, Shaila Catherine, and Ann Dillon. He enjoys using the early discourses as practice guides.