“Getting to Know the Breath” is the ongoing theme for 2012 we’ll be considering in the weekly 6 p.m. Tuesday gatherings of the Meditation Circle of Charleston at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building in Charleston, W.Va. In past weeks. Thad and I have mentioned some of the core teachings of the Buddha on breath-centered meditation. We are not qualified to teach suttas, but we’re all qualified to absorb and discuss them as they relate to our ongoing lay meditation practice.
To that end, we encourage Circle members and others to take a dip into the Buddha’s direct teachings on meditation instruction in the following suttas (We’re borrowing these links and their descriptions with our thanks from the Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies Group).
- MN 10 Satipatthana Sutta: Establishing Mindfulness aka The Foundations of Mindfulness, The Frames of Reference. or
- DN 22 Mahasatipatthana Sutta: Is approximately identical with a fuller description of the Four Noble Truths.
- MN 118 Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing.