5. Right Concentration: Breathing
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
This chapter instructs on the focusing of attention on an object in a non-grasping manner, and the benefits this brings: quietening the mind, and centering the object of meditation, particularly the motion of the breath. This raises the mind to one-pointedness, eventually unifying other mental factors in pure awareness. This concentration of the mind is shown to be a factor in developing mindfulness and insight, which in turn lead to wisdom, compassion and peace. A sketch is used to explain the function of the diaphragm in the movement of lungs and belly.