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Anapanasati Sutta Workshop


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The goal of this free workshop is to help you expand your understanding and practice of the sixteen contemplations in the Anapanasati Sutta, the Discourse on Mindfulness of Breathing, a foundational sutta that offers a well-articulated pathway towards the dhamma. We hope this can help you to gain control of your thoughts and be able to direct yourself towards a happier life.

The next iteration of the workshop will be held on February 22+29, 2020 at the Philadelphia Meditation Center; participants are welcome to join remotely. It consists of two 2-hour sessions on sequential Saturdays, and an at-home daily practice using guided meditations for each of the sixteen contemplations. It is administered via the free Canvas learning management system (used at universities and elsewhere for classes).

Each day you will be asked to do one module. There are 21 modules in total, so the entire course can be completed over a one month period. Each module takes about 30 minutes and consists of:

  1. A brief (usually one page) reading
  2. A guided meditation (an audio file that typically lasts 5 to 20 min)
  3. A daily log that you complete after the guided meditation

You can view the Canvas module here 2019_11_Mindfulness of Breathing to learn more and register.


New Guide to Practising with the Anapanasati Sutta
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Module 1: Preparation-Posture
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Module 2: Preparation-Sila
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Module 3: Preparation-Pre meditation routine
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Module 4: Kaya 1a-Taking 5 breaths
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Module 5: Kaya 1b–Taking 10 breaths
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Module 6: Kaya 1c–Anapana location
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Module 7: Kaya 2–Duration of the breath
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Module 8: Kaya 3–Body of the breath
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Module 9: Kaya 4–Calming the body
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