Breathe, You Are Alive: The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing

Thich Nhat Hanh

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1888375841

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


According to the Buddha’s teaching in the Anapanasati Sutra, maintaining awareness of our breathing is a means of awakening to the true nature of all things and arriving at spiritual liberation. Breathe, You Are Alive outlines 16 exercises of conscious breathing that were taught by the Buddha, together with commentaries and further exercises for practicing them every day and in any situation. Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights and explanation give the reader access to the profound nourishment available when we slow down and get in touch with our in-breath and out-breath. He walks the reader through the progression of exercises—from awareness of the physical plane, to the mental and spiritual planes—in a clear and concise manner that is easy to implement.

This 20th anniversary edition includes Thich Nhat Hanh’s most recent commentaries and practices on the awareness of breathing meditation, as well as his "Breathing and Walking" Gatha (practice verse) set to music.

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and people with cameras were closing in. There was no path to walk. So I told the Buddha, “Dear Buddha, I give up, you walk for me.” The Buddha came right away. He walked and people made a path for the Buddha to walk. The Buddha is in you, and the Buddha knows how to breathe and how to walk very beautifully. When you forget, you can ask the Buddha to come, and he will come, right away. You don’t need to wait. I wrote these gathas, small practice poems, to remind us of this. BREATHING GATHA 1

concentration on loving kindness and compassion, will help you to suffer less. With your attention focused on the other person, you can see that they also suffer a lot. The fact is that when someone suffers a lot and is not capable of handling her own suffering, she will spill her suffering all over, and you will become a victim of her suffering. You may be like that too. If you’re suffering a lot and you don’t know how to manage your suffering, you will continue to suffer and make others around

to have the cream of the teachings available to us. We have to practice letting go of our ideas in order to see life everywhere, beyond space and time. Dear reader, do not wait until your last moments to practice this sutra. Practice it now so you can see that you are not enclosed in your small shell of your body or the small shell of your life span. When we see that there is already a precious jewel in our pocket, we give up every attitude of craving or coveting. Seeing that we are lions, we do

compassion), the mudita samadhi (concentration of joy), and the upeksha samadhi (concentration of equanimity). There are those who have realized the limitless-space concentration, the limitless-consciousness concentration, the concentration of no thing exists, and the concentration of no perception and no non-perception. There are those who are always able to remain in one of these samadhis. There are those who have untied the three basic internal knots and have attained the fruit of stream

awareness of the mind or to make the mind happy, to collect the mind in concentration, or to free and liberate the mind, he abides peacefully in the observation of the mind in the mind, persevering, fully awake, clearly understanding his state, gone beyond all attachment and aversion to this life. These exercises of breathing with Full Awareness belong to the third Establishment of Mindfulness, the mind. Without Full Awareness of Breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability and

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