In Praise of the Longest Breath

As meditators, we are used to focusing our attention on the breath and carefully examining its qualities as a way of calming the mind and cultivating mindfulness.

Our samatha practice is based on the observation of our breath. We control its length while letting it flow as naturally as possible. Noticing its physical peculiarities, we become involved with it.

The Bojjhangas

The bojjhangas, or factors of enlightenment, have the special quality of enabling us to wake up. What it means to wake up and what it is about the bojjhangas which encourage it are questions worth considering.

In Thailand they are traditionally linked with the days of the week:

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