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Ana (Āna, Āṇā, incoming breath, inhale) & Apana (apāṇa, āpāna, outgoing breath, exhale), there is a moment between them. Or let's say the point switches from incoming breath to outgoing breath.

I can't remember the terminology for this switching point. I believe it exists in the Pali language.

Does anyone know it? Thank you.

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Holding breath = assāsapassāse uparundhitvā

Breath's beginning-middle-ending = Assāsādimajjhapariyosānaṃ

You may use "Assasapassasanam antaram (in the middle of breath)", but it is "Holding breath" actually. It is abnormal for Anapanassati meditation.

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  • Wow. Thank you. How do you divide Assāsādimajjhapariyosānaṃ into three words? I could not find from the web.
    – Jinn
    Jun 2 at 7:01
  • Use these to search in pali dictionary.... Assasa/Passasa=Breath in/out. ādi = beginning. majjha = middle. pariyosāna = ending.
    – Bonn
    Jun 2 at 9:15
  • wisdomlib.org/definition/majjha Great! I found it. I think this is what I had heard before even though this script explains the middle of In-breath and middle of out-breath. My original question was the moment between in-breath AND out-breath. Maybe such a thing doesn't exist in Pali's text. If you find it, let me know!! After all, I am very happy. Thank you!
    – Jinn
    Jun 4 at 8:04
  • There's nothing like that because it is abnormal. Breathing is automatic system without attention. We can hold the breathing or stop breathing, but in normal situation breathing in/out is automatic continuously. You can use "antara" without quoting Pali, however it is weak mindfulness on breathing actually when we can see the space between breathing in/out. That's why we don't have the word to use.
    – Bonn
    Jun 4 at 8:26
  • Thank you for your opinion!
    – Jinn
    Jun 5 at 22:10
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I am not familiar with this terminology.

Technically, speaking of 'a moment' only goes as far as the discernment of a beginning & an end.

If one can not discern a beginning & end then one can't talk about it in terms of temporality.

The conditioned changes as it persists and in as far as change is discerned one conceives of a before & after.

what's called 'mind,' 'intellect,' or 'consciousness' by day and by night arises as one thing and ceases as another. Just as a monkey, swinging through a forest wilderness, grabs a branch. Letting go of it, it grabs another branch. Letting go of that, it grabs another one. Letting go of that, it grabs another one. In the same way, what's called 'mind,' 'intellect,' or 'consciousness' by day and by night arises as one thing and ceases as another. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.061.than.html

“Sign, in-breath, out-breath, are not object Of a single consciousness; By one who knows not these three things Development is not obtained. Sign, in-breath, out-breath, are not object Of a single consciousness; By one who does know these three things Development can be obtained” (Patis I 170)

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  • Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, this is not answering my question. Let me know if you have any way to get the targeting Pali terminology!
    – Jinn
    May 21 at 20:33

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