Mindfulness of Breathing: Buddhist Texts from the Pali Canon and Commentaries by Bhikkhu Nanamoli

Mindfulness of Breathing

Author: Bhikkhu Nanamoli
Publisher: Buddhist Publication Society
Language: English
Length:‎ 126 pages

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Part I
Mindfulness of Breathing
The Method: The Four Tetrads
Perfection of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Perfection of the Seven Enlightenment Factors
Perfection of Clear Vision and Deliverance

Part II
The Commentary
First Tetrad—First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Fourth Base
Method of Practice

Part III
The Patisambhidamagga (Path of Analysis)
Section on Mindfulness of Breathing
The Analysis

Part IV
About the Author

This is a useful anthology of important and pragmatic source material from the Pali Canon and Commentaries on the technique of Anapana, or breath-awareness meditation. It includes the Discourse on Respiration-Mindfulness from the Majjhima Nikaya, commentary from the Vishuddhimagga (Path of Purification), and analyses of other passages and suttas.

Bhikkhu Ñanamoli was ordained as a monk in Sri Lanka, where he spent 11 years living in a monastery and translating the texts of the Theravada Buddhism into English. He was the author of The Discourse on Right View, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and The Life of the Buddha.

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