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The Buddha’s Teachings on Mindfulness of Breathing

Residential Program
Dates: Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 18, 2021
Days: Friday - Thursday
Number of Nights: 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.


Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • 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.