Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations


Buddhist scholar and teacher Bhikkhu Anālayo explores the practice of mindfulness of breathing in the sixteen steps of the Ānasati Sutta. This is an authoritative, practice-orientated elucidation of a foundational Buddhist text, useful to meditators whatever their tradition or background. Anālayo presents practical instructions, translations of extracts and an accompanying commentary which help the practitioner appreciate the early Buddhist perspective on the breath and the practice of mindfulness of breathing. His aim is to inspire all practitioners to use what he has found helpful to build their own practice and become self-reliant.

The book is accompanied with freely downloadable audio files offering guided and progressive meditation instructions from the author, available here.



Bhikkhu Anālayo explores the seminal topic of ānāpānasati with characteristic thoroughness, openness and skilful reference to the textual tradition behind this practice. – Ajahn Sucitto

The most complete and in-depth guide available for this classic meditation. – Guy Armstrong, author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators

Practical, inspiring, thought provoking! This book… will surely inspire readers to re-discover the joyful and liberating potential of mindfulness with breathing. – Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity

The book is exquisite. Your books keep getting physically more beautiful and pleasant to hold in one’s hands, never mind the depth and clarity of the content. - Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction