I am curious to know how Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero teachers Ānāpānasati. Does he follow the 16 stage instructions or perhaps something similar to the 8 step method1 or combination of both or something different with or without overlap.

NB: In answering this please make this a self contained answer without having to navigate links and audio files.

1 Anapana Sati Meditation on Breathing by Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma


Mainly it is concentrating on one's breath as "l'm inhaling short, I'm exhaling short" or otherwise "I'm inhaling long, I'm exhaling short".

This is what Lord Buddha asks us to do in the beginning. He also says this meditation isn't for everybody. This meditation isn't the only way to understand the Four Noble Truths.

Official Website: http://mahamevnawa.lk/

Meditation Section: http://mahamevnawa.lk/meditation/

You can find English sessions of Sound Cloud in that website and might find English guides on meditation.

The thero also published a book in sinhalese called É Ama Nivan Suwa Bohoo Dura Nowe (ඒ අමා නිවන් සුව බොහෝ දුර නොවේ - The Nirvana is not that far away) which explains Maha Satipattana Sutta, which contains the above form of breathing. Buddha states also to note that the breath isn't me, mine or my soul (hence the book contains it).


The mundane way to do the Anapanasati Meditation is given in the interpretations that are out there of the following Doctrinal Discourses - Ananda Sutta (Leading to Awakening) SAMYUTTA NIKAYA 12:10; Girimananda Sutta (To Girimananda) ANGUTTARA NIKAYA 10.60; Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing) MAJJIMA NIKAYA 118 Etc. Etc. The Supreme Buddha explained to Venerable Ananda (Among the greatest 10 disciples of the Buddha, the one who had the most retentive memory), “This one factor is Anapanasati, which when developed and pursued brings the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Cattaro Satipatthana) to completion. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, when developed and pursued bring the Seven Factors of Enlightenment to completion. The Seven Factors of Enlightenment, when developed and pursued bring Clear Knowing and Release to completion.” The million dollar question is whether any of these interpretations of the Anapanasati Meditation is correct or not.


I'm glad you asked Suminda here are some of Mahamewnawa teachings on Vipassana...

This is the only one i could find on Anapanasathi Meditation

Liberation through Breath (Meditation of Breathing)

Our monastery concentrate more on the vipassana Meditation. Here are some of the popular ones.......

Just a body with movement (Meditation of posturest full awarness)

A bag with an opening at both ends (Meditation of foulness)

Slaughtered cow (Meditation on elements)

Verily my own body, too (Meditation on nine cemetery contemplations)

Asubha – Anapanasathi Meditation

  • The OP wanted an answer, and not a link to an audio file -- see also Should I flag answers which contain only a link as “not an answer”?, and, Are answers that just contain links elsewhere really “good answers”? -- can you answer, possibly answer by summarizing what's in the audio file (if the audio file does contain an answer to the question)? Or is the answer that the monastery doesn't teach Anapanasati?
    – ChrisW
    Dec 28 '15 at 0:17
  • Does the questioner seeks for an answer or seeks for nurishment of his field? Its good to see "there are gifts and sacrifies" rather to demand, isn't it Nyom @ChrisW ? Not to speak that the OP-operator started him self with less effort to explain his question in providing a link. So how about Question containing links? To risky to limit in this sphere and failing to get enough food?
    – user11235
    May 19 '17 at 5:27
  • @SamanaJohann The purpose of this site is to get and give answers to questions (see the policy described at e.g. "Answers vs Advice"). So if an answer doesn't answer whatever the question is, I comment to try to encourage the user to answer the question. The OP said "without links to audio files" and Theravada posted links to audio files, so it doesn't answer the question. The OP (Suminda) probably already tried to answer his own question by reviewing the Mahamevnawa web site and already found nothing but audio files.
    – ChrisW
    May 19 '17 at 10:46
  • More and more Nyom @ChrisW appears like a brain washed slave of this page, not a little able to read listen an reflect. Is he aware of this I-am-a-bot-mind ? Then, if not found, he would be great in giving like he likes to receive and not play another SE-slave and force growd-work for other mans business, wouldn't he?
    – user11235
    May 19 '17 at 10:52
  • Ven. Ariyadhamma left his last life already meanwhile, some about not a year ago, so one more less to pay respect and ask proper.
    – user11235
    May 19 '17 at 10:55

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