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File04_(AM)_Contemplating_elements.mp3
File04_(AM)_Contemplating_elements.mp3Contemplating the Elements929 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

The foundation of satipatthana (establishing mindfulness) is the tracking (anupassana), or contemplation, of our experience of body. As we remain present to physical experience over time, we learn to drop beneath our concepts of body to its direct, sensual impact. What we normally take to be “my body” becomes, as we go deeper, different manifestations of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.
File06_(AM)_Contemplating_breathing.mp3
File06_(AM)_Contemplating_breathing.mp3Contemplating Breathing837 viewsPatrick Kearney's Vipassana Retreat Talk at Bodhi Tree Monastery (2009)

This morning we experiment with breathing as our meditation object. We learn to experience breathing as air element (vayo dhatu) — the movements within the body associated with inhalation and exhalation — and cultivate a sense of detail and precision in tracking these movements.
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