Visuddhimagga VIII-195

Kīvaciraṃ panetaṃ gaṇetabbanti?


Ñ(VIII,195): But how long is he to go on counting?

Yāva vinā gaṇanāya assāsapassāsārammaṇe sati santiṭṭhati.

直至不数[PTS 280] (出入息)亦能(自然)住立其念于出息入息的所缘为止。

Ñ: Until, without counting, [280] mindfulness remains settled on the in-breaths and out-breaths as its object.

Bahivisaṭavitakkavicchedaṃ katvā assāsapassāsārammaṇe satisaṇṭhāpanatthaṃyeva hi gaṇanāti.


Ñ: For counting is simply a device for setting mindfulness on the in-breaths and out-breaths as object by cutting off the external dissipation of applied thoughts.

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