Mindfulnss of Breathing

A Daylong Workshop led by Pádraig Cotter

Saturday 22nd February, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In this workshop we will practice with the Buddha’s Discourse on Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta).

Easily dismissed as just a beginner’s practice or as a stepping stone to more advanced practices, mindfulness of breathing as laid out in the Buddha’s discourse is a vehicle to develop both stillness (samadhi) and insight (vipassana). In this respect it is a practice that culminates in awakening.

We will approach the practice with a spirit of playfulness and experimentation, exploring different ways that this teaching can be practiced. Practitioners differ widely in what works for them, there is no one-shoe-fits-all approach, so in this respect, different ways of working and playing with mindfulness of breathing will be explored. We will also look at ways that we bring a sense of heartfulness into mindfulness of breathing.

There will be periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, reflections & dialogue with readings from the sutta itself and some interpretations of it. The day is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners and will be held in Noble Silence.

Pádraig Cotter has been practicing meditation and attending retreats for almost twenty years in various traditions, mostly in the Thai Forest and Insight meditation traditions. He has been a volunteer at Sunyata Buddhist centre for the last 10 years and began to lead retreats in 2015.

“When teaching meditation my main emphasis is more on curiosity and playfulness of spirit than adherence to method, more on an attitude of allowing & including rather than striving and gaining, for how can tension-filled effort lead to release from tension? “