by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)

Breath Meditation | The Breath of Life

Why Breath Meditation? Breath is the universal factor of life. We are born the first time we inspire, and we die the last time we expire. Breath is life itself. In Sanskrit the same word–prana–means both breath and life.

Breath Meditation Book CoverAll that lives, breathes–even plants and the bacteria that make bread rise. The process of breath is identical in all, consisting of inhalation and exhalation. It is the most immaterial factor of our existence, being a link-manifestation of the mind/spirit that dwells in all. For this reason, the breath is the natural and logical basis for meditation, the attempt to “enter into life.” The breath is the key to the cultivation of pure consciousness.

Usually breath leads us into the outer life, but it can lead us into the inner life–to the principle of Life itself. Therefore meditation on the breath is found in the spiritual practices of many religions, particularly in Buddhism, where it is known as Anapanasati, awareness of the inhaling and exhaling breaths, and is the meditation technique practiced and taught by the Buddha.

How Do I Learn to Meditate? In this site is presented the actual technique of Breath Meditation, and other sections present the teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, and Christianity regarding its practice.

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May the information given here aid its readers in the successful practice of Breath Meditation and the attaining of its goal: supreme enlightenment.

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