Breath Talks

Breathing (spiration or ventilation) is the process of moving air into and from the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly to flush out carbon dioxide and bring in oxygen.

All aerobic creatures need oxygen for cellular respiration, which extracts energy from the reaction of oxygen with molecules derived from food and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. Breathing, or external respiration, brings air into the lungs where gas exchange takes place in the alveoli through diffusion. The body's circulatory system transports these gases to and from the cells, where cellular respiration takes place.

The breathing of all vertebrates with lungs consists of repetitive cycles of inhalation and exhalation through a highly branched system of tubes or airways which lead from the nose to the alveoli. The number of respiratory cycles per minute is the breathing or respiratory rate, and is one of the four primary vital signs of life. Under normal conditions the breathing depth and rate is automatically, and unconsciously, controlled by several homeostatic mechanisms which keep the partial pressures of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the arterial blood constant. Keeping the partial pressure of carbon dioxide in the arterial blood unchanged under a wide variety of physiological circumstances, contributes significantly to tight control of the pH of the extracellular fluids (ECF). Over-breathing (hyperventilation) and under-breathing (hypoventilation), which decrease and increase the arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide respectively, cause a rise in the pH of ECF in the first case, and a lowering of the pH in the second. Both cause distressing symptoms.

Breathing has other important functions. It provides a mechanism for speech, laughter and similar expressions of the emotions. It is also used for reflexes such as yawning, coughing and sneezing. Animals that cannot thermoregulate by perspiration, because they lack sufficient sweat glands, may lose heat by evaporation through panting.

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OLD - 1971.08.07-serial.00176

Serial: SR-00176

First words match 71-08-17

Breath, Death, Faith
Aug 17 1971

OLD - 1971.08.17-serial.00085

Serial: SR-00085

This is a continuation of 71-08-17, 00177

Death, Greed, Breath, Monks
Aug 17 1971

OLD - 1971.08.17-serial.00098

Serial: SR-00098

Duplicate of 00177

Big Mind, Breath, Buddha Nature, American
Aug 17 1971

OLD - 1971.08.17-serial.00099

Serial: SR-00099

The last part of 71-08-17, edited together with 00177 and 00085.

Breath, confusion
Aug 17 1971

Why We Must Have Rules

First Principle, Family Practice, Big Mind, Bell, Breath, lecture, Sutra, Observe...
Aug 17 1971
Tassajara

Questions and Answers

Question-and-Answer, Yakusan, Truth, Community, Breath, Anger, Freedom, Faith...
Aug 08 1971
Tassajara

Zen Is Actually, In Short, Maybe, Communication

Breath, Interview, Bell, Community, Describe, Wisdom, American, Truth
Aug 07 1971
Tassajara

OLD - 1971.08.05-serial.00169

Serial: SR-00169

Second part of talk from this date. Duplicate of 00097

Breath, Balance, War, American, Faith, Truth
Aug 05 1971

Good Confidence In Your Practice

Bodhidharma, First Principle, Bell, Wisdom, Breath, Building, American, Faith...
Aug 05 1971
Tassajara

OLD - 1971.08.04-serial.00120

Serial: SR-00120

Second part of talk from this date.

Breath, Faith, Discrimination, Culture, Monks, American, reality, Death, Truth...
Aug 04 1971

On Bodhidharma's Day

Nirvana, Dragons, Breath, Ceremony, Enemies, Building, Faith
Aug 04 1971
Tassajara

OLD - 1971.08.03-serial.00185

Serial: SR-00185

Second part of talk from this date.

Describe, Dragons, Breath, Freedom, Death
Aug 03 1971

To Attain The Perfection Of Human Practice

Ceremony, First Principle, Mahayana, Buddha Nature, Building, Breath, Evil, Doubt,...
Jul 30 1971
Tassajara

Blue Cliff Records 61 - Fuketsu's One Particle Of Dust

Blue Cliff Record, Breath, Constancy, Freedom, Faith, Diversity, Greed, Religion,...
Jul 26 1971
Tassajara

Virtue of Mountain and River

Dogen, Shobogenzo, First Principle, Soto Zen, Rinzai, Faith, Breath, sitting, Pain,...
Jul 24 1971
Tassajara

Something Which You Cannot Understand

sitting, reality, Buddha Nature, Truth, Happiness, Breath, lecture
Jul 21 1971
Tassajara

One with Everything

Serial: SR-00208

Zazen Talk
Tuesday Evening, July 20, 1971
Tassajara

Breath, reality, Faith, Truth
Jul 20 1971
Tassajara

Calmness of Mind

Serial: SR-00151

Sesshin Lecture No. 2
Sunday, June 7, 1971
San Francisco

Practice is to expose yourself as you are, express yourself fully. Accepting your teacher's words....

Sesshin, Zazen, Breath, Community, Emptiness, Priest, Pain, Community, heart, Hate,...
Jun 07 1971
City Center

OLD - Restore the Buddhist Teaching in its Original Way

Serial: SR-00070

Sunday Evening, August 16, 1970
San Francisco
Lecture A

[The first part of the lecture was not recorded.]

Faith, Describe, Breath, Enemies, American, Observe
Aug 16 1970
A
City Center

Priest Ordination Ceremony: Paul Discoe and Reb Anderson

Serial: SR-00069-A

Reprocessed version may allow for clarification of transcript.

Priest, Ceremony, Precepts, Don't Know Mind, Delusion, Greed, Interview,...
Aug 09 1970
City Center

OLD - 1970.08.07-serial.00168

Buddha Nature, American, Breath, Describe, Evil, heart, Building, Death
Aug 07 1970

How To Have Sincere Practice

Serial: SR-00145

Suzuki Roshi edited from longer recording.

Building, Community, Meditation, Zendo, Obstacles, Interview, Silence, Breath,...
Apr 25 1970
A
City Center

Practice Should Not Be Perfect, So Descendants Have Something To Do

Serial: SR-00203

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 4
Tuesday, December 2, 1969

Sesshin, Dogen, Building, difficulty, Monastic Practice, Transmission, Zazen, Breath...
Dec 02 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Form is Emptiness, and Emptiness is Form

Serial: SR-00262

This is just the last part of the transcript from this date. Edited together with 00243.

Heart Sutra, difficulty, Breath, Enemies, Truth
Nov 13 1969

Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SR-00213

Tassajara
September, 1969

[Beginning of ceremony not recorded.]

Sesshin, Shosan, Perfect Wisdom, Dragons, Breath, Death, Intuition, Lay, Bell,...
Sep 1969
Tassajara

OLD 1969.08.30-serial.00084

Serial: SR-00084

Another version of the talk from this date, but this one is longer. Sound quality is different - less bright, but less affected by speed issues towards end
Set aside as...

Concentration, Pain, Right Effort, Gratitude, Balance, Breath, Interview, Offering,...
Aug 30 1969
Tassajara

OLD - Questions And Answers

Serial: SR-00082

Set aside as duplicate.

Question-and-Answer, Breath, Concentration, Family Practice, Emptiness, Pain, sitting...
Aug 28 1969
Tassajara

Some Questions

Question-and-Answer, Breath, Buddha Nature, Posture, sitting, Tassajara, Offering,...
Aug 28 1969
Tassajara

untitled

Serial: SR-00007

Newly reprocessed recording should be a little clearer

Lotus Sutra, Monks, Breath, Building
Dec 24 1968
Sokoji

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. II-13

Serial: SR-00005

Fall 1968
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Wisdom, Monks, Sutra, Dana, Silence, Lay, Transmission, Karma, Breath,...
Oct 1968
Series 2, Talk 13
Tassajara

OLD - Genjo Koan No. 4

Serial: SR-00195A

Thursday, August 24, 1967
Zen Mountain Center Sesshin Lecture
Tassajara
Edited by Brian Fikes

Sesshin, Dogen, Genjokoan, Breath, Emptiness, Hate, Forms, Building
Aug 24 1967
A
Tassajara