The Buddha taught a technique of meditation based upon three trainings or principles for the development of the practitioner. Sila, Samadhi, Panna.
Sila is morality. Practitioners need to have morality as the foundation of the practice. Five main vows of morality are: 1) No killing 2) no stealing 3) no sexual misconduct 4) no lying or harsh speech 5) no intoxicants. These are very similar to the yamas in yoga philosophy.
Samadhi is concentration or mastery of the mind. Anapana meditation is a technique to train the practitioner in this mastery of the mind. Focus all of the awareness on the inhalation and exhalation coming in and out of the nostrils. As you focus the mind to the specific location of the nostrils you then begin to feel and experience the actual sensation that is occurring around the rings of the nostrils, inside of the nostrils, and along the upper lip as the exhalation leaves the body.
Panna is the development of wisdom. The highest form of wisdom is a felt and lived experience of wisdom instead of learned wisdom or intellectual understanding. The Buddha taught Vipassana meditation as a means of obtaining this wisdom. Vipassana is a more in-depth practice so begin to practice Anapana meditation and then take an official course to learn the technique properly.
~ Brian Tobin
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