Why the breath?

As we breathe the sensations that are experienced can be used as the basis for concentration in meditation. It is not the only possible ‘object of concentration.’ There are other practices that use for example: metta, a mantra or a coloured disc. On Monday night we started talking about why the breath is a good focus to use. Here are some possible answers:-
The breath is internal so draws us inwards
The breath is always present
The breath is very linked to us being alive (no breath, no life)
The air we breathe is shared so links us
The breath is always changing so is interesting and connects us with a sense of change
The quality of the breath is intimately linked to our emotional/mental/energetic state

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Nandaketu and David

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Thanks and more resources

This evening we revisited the Mindfulness of Breathing and told the story of the life of the Buddha up to the point of Enlightenment. We have been adding documents and links to the Resources section of this website including introductions to Buddhism and Meditation and a list of suggested books. Thanks so much for the all the help with gear and tea making. Hope to see you again next week.

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David and Nandaketu

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A brief guide to Buddhist Meditation

Good to see many of you again this week and also some newcomers. Don’t worry if you miss a week just return whenever you are able to.This week (Jan 21st) we introduced the Metta Bhavana (universal loving-kindness) meditation and Nandaketu spoke about the Threefold Buddhist Path of Ethics, Meditation and Wisdom. Next week (Jan 28th) we’ll introduce the life story of the Buddha and return to the Mindfulness of Breathing; we will be alternating the two practices week by week from now on. Below is a link to a PDF document introducing both meditation practices.

Buddhist Meditation – a brief guide

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David and Nandaketu

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Welcome to the Hornchurch Buddhist Group

Classes will commence at 7.15 pm on Monday January 14th at the Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch, Essex. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

Come along to learn to meditate, discover Buddhism and meet others.

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Fairkytes Arts Centre is easily accessible for people living in Havering, Romford, Collier Row, Upminster, Elm Park, Rainham, Harold Wood, Harold Hill and Cranham.