Mindfulness with Breathing : A Manual for Serious Beginners By Buddhadasa Bhikkhu


Any practitioner, after meditating for some time, inevitably wonders what meditation method the historical Buddha Shakyamuni himself used while beneath the Bodhi Tree. Many people understand that prior to his realization, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with many of the great yogis of his time, but most do not know what method he ultimately found leads most directly to nirvana.

In Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu’s book, Mindfulness With Breathing, the Thai meditation master provides practitioners with penetrating insights into the Anapanasati Sutta, the canonical text which many believe is the most direct transmission of Shakyamuni Buddha’s breath meditation methods. Combined with a concise translation of the sutta itself, Mindfulness with Breathing is one of the best guides to Buddhist meditation practice available in the English language.

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Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906-1993) was a famous and influential Thai Buddhist philosopher, widely known as an innovative reinterpreter of Buddhist doctrine and Thai folk belief. Buddhadasa fostered a reformation of conventional religious perception in his home country, as well as abroad. Although he was an ordained Buddhist monk, he rejected specific religious identification and considered all faiths as principally one. Since the 1960s his work has inspired a new generation of socially concerned individuals around the world. He is the author of numerous works, including Mindfulness with Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners.

Life and Work of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

“Life and Work of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu” is a video about a world renowned Theravadan monk of Thailand. Information about him is available here at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhadasa.

If you would like to find out more about him, his monastery, Wat Suan Mokkh and the meditation centre nearby, Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage where many people attend the “Anapanasati” meditation courses in either English or Thai every month, kindly visit the official websites at http://www.suanmokkh.org/ and http://www.suanmokkh-idh.org/

The present abbot of the monastery, Ajahn Poh also conducts retreats at Koh Samui Island. Retreat information is here at http://dipabhavan.weebly.com/

All 3 venues are located in Surat Thani province, South Thailand.

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