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The Buddha’s Teachings on Mindfulness of Breathing
Dates: Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 18, 2021
Days: Fri - Thu (6 Nights)

Instructor(s): Shaila Catherine

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This course will explore the practice and study of ānāpānasati, the Buddha’s sixteen step-by-step instructions on Mindfulness with Breathing. Mindfulness with breathing is considered to be one of the most important meditation subjects in the Nikāyas — it is a profound and versatile practice that frees the mind from hindrances, cultivates clarity, joy, and concentration, produces insight into impermanence, and leads directly to the realization of nibbana.

Our study will focus on the Ānāpānasati Sutta (MN 118). We will read it along with several additional discourses found in the Ānāpānasati Saṃyutta (SN 54) and the Middle Length Discourses to expand our understanding of the purposes for undertaking mindfulness with breathing, and the contexts in which the Buddha taught this comprehensive meditative training.

We will apply the sixteen steps as a systematic meditative training, and also discuss ways that several modern meditation teachers have interpreted this practice.

Please read this sutta before the start of the course. https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/bodhi

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until 8 weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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.  

Mask Requirement:

Masks may be required in public and community spaces for this course at the discretion of the teacher. 

Noble Silence:

This program will include periods of Wise Speech and Noble Silence.

Experience Level:

Prerequisite required

  • Shaila Catherine is the founder of Bodhi Courses, an online Dhamma classroom, and Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley. She authored two books on concentration and insight—Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana. She began practicing meditation in 1980 and has dedicated more than nine years to silent retreats. Shaila has been teaching meditation internationally since 1996.


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