Last Sunday, Michael directed our reflections on breath, dividing the session into two parts. First was the way the Buddha described his own default practice during the long rains retreats as a “sacred dwelling, a noble dwelling, and a tathagatha’s dwelling. To explicate this, we began by listening to a short excerpt (minutes 11-27) from a talk by Stephen Batchelor.
To explore breathing from a physical standpoint, and vary our breathing patterns without necessarily controlling them, we undertook some sensory awareness experiments with the breath. And of course, we explored our discoveries in practicing meditation on breathing.