Ānāpānasatisuttaṁ (MN 118)
The Discourse about Mindfulness while Breathing

A Pāli and English line by line (interlinear) version of this important discourse about the development of meditation while breathing (together with extensive annotation).

edited and translated by
Ānandajoti Bhikkhu

(September 2008)

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Preface

Primary Texts

BJT: Śrī Laṁkan edition, from the Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series, Volume XII (Colombo, 1974/2517, reprinted with corrections 2005).

PTS: European edition, Majjhima-nikāya, Vol. III, (London 1899, reprinted Oxford, 1994).

Thai: Thai edition, as found on Budsir for Windows CD-ROM (version 2.0, Bangkok, 1996).

ChS: Burmese edition as found on the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD-ROM (version 3, Igatpuri, no date but = 1999).

Commentaries

Pṭs: Paṭisambhidāmagga, (London, 1905 & 1907, reprinted Oxford, 1979).

Comm: Mahāparinibbānasuttavaṇṇanā, as found on the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD-ROM (version 3, Igatpuri, no date, but = 1999).

Vism: Visuddhimagga, as found on the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD-ROM (version 3, Igatpuri, no date, but = 1999).

Translations

MLD: Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, translated by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi (Wisdom Publications, 2001).

PD: The Path of Discrimination, translated by Ven. Ñāṇamoli (Oxford 1991).

PP: The Path of Purification, translated by Ven. Ñāṇamoli (Kandy, reprinted Taipei 2005).

Note

In writing up the notes to this translation I have preferred to rely on the Canonical Paṭisambhidāmagga wherever possible, and I have only used the commentarial apparatus where the former was lacking.

The intention has been to provide sufficient notes to explain my choice of readings and translation, and to expand on the doctrinal import of the discourse. The doctrinal notes need, however, to be supplemented by the notes to my translation of other discourses elsewhere on this website.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu
October 2008