54. Ānāpāna Saɱyutta
1. Ekadhamma Vagga
Kindred Sayings About
In-Breathing and Out-Breathing
Book 1: The One Condition
Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī at Jeta Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
"Monks, do ye practise concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing?'
At these words the venerable Ariṭṭha said to the Exalted One:
'I, lord, do practise it.'
'But in what way do you practise it, Ariṭṭha?'
'Thus, lord. I abandon sensual desire for lusts that are past. Sensual desire for lusts to come is vanished. Both inwardly and outwardly the consciousness of repugnance for things is perfectly disciplined. Mindful I breathe in, mindful I breathe out. That, lord, is how I practise concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing.'
'True, Ariṭṭha. That is concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing. And yet I-declare it is not. Now, Ariṭṭha, I will tell you how concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing is done perfectly, every detail. Do you listen to it. Apply your mind and I will speak."
'I will, lord,' replied the venerable Ariṭṭha to the Exalted One. The Exalted One said:
'Now, Ariṭṭha, how is concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing done perfectly, in every detail?
In this method, Ariṭṭha, a monk who goes to the forest or the foot of a tree, or a lonely place, sits down cross-legged ... (as in § i) ... "contemplating renunciation I shall breathe out."
That, Ariṭṭha, is how concentration on in-breathing and out-breathing is done perfectly, in every detail.'
Cf. M. i, 130; A. ill, 451; Vinaya Texts, ii, 377.
'Herein,' says Comy. 'he declares the path of non-retum.'
'Here he declares the insight of the path of Arahantship.'