What is the difference between normal deep breathing that recommended by all western Doctors vs Buddhism Basic Meditation ?

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Difference is one doesn't "force" his breathing in meditation to be long or short, deep or shallow. One's just "aware" of their in and out breaths. If it's a long one, s/he's aware that it's a long one; if it's short, s/he's aware that it's short. (ref: MN 118 )

  • I guess the different is Buddhism fully focus in mind but medical deep breathing more focus using the organ using the belly ? Correct me from wrong Commented May 24, 2022 at 13:15
  • @ruben2020 can comment also. Sadhu. Commented May 24, 2022 at 13:16
  • Breathing should just be breathing. That's what makes it hard to follow.
    – asd123
    Commented May 28, 2022 at 1:52

Santa's answer is 100% correct, but I'd add something. Buddhist breathing doesn't necessarily come out of your nose or mouth. Watch your breath. You may discover something interesting.

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