by Narada Thera
AppendixConcentration on Respiration: Anapana Sati
Anapana Sati is mindfulness on respiration. Ana means inhalation and Apana exhalation. Concentration on the breathing process leads to one-pointedness of the mind and ultimately to Insight which enables one to attain Sainthood or Arhatship.
The Buddha also practiced concentration on respiration before He attained Enlightenment. This harmless concentration may be practiced by any person irrespective of religious beliefs. Adopting a convenient posture, keep the body erect. Place the right hand over the left hand. Eyes may be closed or half-closed.