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Breathing (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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Chapter Three, Shoveling Dung

Birth-and-Death, Confession-and-Repentance, Breath, resistance, Repentance, Lotus...
Sep 14 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Generating Energy

resistance, Patience, practicing generosity, Enthusiasm, Tassajara, Emotions, Breath...
Mar 09 2019
No Abode Hermitage


Compassion, Attachment, Subject-and-Object, Non-duality, Non-discrimination, Breath,...
Aug 21 2015

Remembering Fred Maroth

Buddha Ancestors, Heart Sutra, Mindfulness, Birth-and-Death, resistance, Faith,...
Nov 23 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Observing the Breathing Body and the Mind of No Abode 

Perfect Wisdom, Breath, Observe, Mindfulness, Don't Know Mind, Buddha Mind,...
Aug 10 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Observing the Breathing Body and the Mind of No Abode 

Breath, zen meditation, Heart Sutra, cognitive process, Observe, Desire, Patience,...
Aug 10 2013
No Abode Hermitage


Serial: BZ-02314

zazen, Sesshin

Sesshin, Breath, Separation, Mundane Life, Oneness, Daily Life, Conversation, Posture...
Jun 20 2013
Berkeley Zen Center


Dharma Transmission, Breath, Bodhidharma, Passions, Manjushri, Happiness, difficulty...
Jul 29 2012

The Four Aspects of Practicing the Threefold Ethics of Bodhisattvas 

Bodhisattva Precepts, Breath, Enthusiasm, Mahayana, Commitment, confusion, Patience,...
Feb 04 2012
No Abode Hermitage

Zazen and the Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02227

Beneficial Attachment, One-Day Sitting

Passive and Active Zazen


Shikantaza, Posture, Breath, Zazen, Monkey Mind, Concentration, Big Mind, Mindfulness...
Jan 21 2012
Berkeley Zen Center


Buddha Nature, Subject-and-Object, Fox, Breath, Enemies, Dragons, Continuous,...
Aug 13 2010


Breath, Bell, Interview, Repentance, Religion, Attachment, Describe, Precepts...
Aug 12 2010


Passions, Buddha Nature, Fundraising, Breath, Interview, Emotions, Instruction,...
Aug 11 2010

Deep Faith in Cause and Effect has now become Deep Faith in Being a Sentient Being 

New Year, Silence, Birth-and-Death, Priest, Gratitude, japanese, Observe, confusion,...
Dec 12 2009
No Abode Hermitage

For a Sentient Being to be a Sentient Being is just not to Move 

Silence, Impermanence, Mindfulness, Manjushri, American, Breath, Karmic Consciousness...
Nov 14 2009
No Abode Hermitage


Breath, Posture, Heart Sutra, Buddha Ancestors, Meditation, Vinaya, confusion,...
Oct 06 2008

Entering and Embodying Truth 

Mindfulness, Enemies, Discrimination, Cultivation, zen meditation, Bodhisattva Vow,...
Jul 15 2008
The Yoga Room

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, Discrimination, Silence, Breath, Culture, Evil, Desire
Mar 27 2008
The Yoga Room

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, Buddha Nature, Religion, Branching Streams, Separation, Ordination,...
Mar 13 2008
The Yoga Room

Prajna Paramita

The "Perfection of Wisdom" is the bodhisattva's understanding of emptiness, which is available to those who are settled in the conventional world.

Discrimination, Lotus Sutra, Observe, practicing generosity, Breath, Buddha Nature,...
Jul 14 2007
No Abode Hermitage

The Light of Buddha's Wisdom - Precepts of Compassion

Buddha sheds the light of wisdom on the true nature of suffering, liberation, and the human mind, on the teachings of compassion, moral causation, and the whole phenomenal universe. This retreat...

Commitment, Letting Go, practicing generosity, Suzuki Roshi, resistance, japanese,...
May 05 2007
Part 5
Mount Madonna Center

The Light of Buddha's Wisdom - Precepts of Compassion

Buddha sheds the light of wisdom on the true nature of suffering, liberation, and the human mind, on the teachings of compassion, moral causation, and the whole phenomenal universe. This retreat...

Evil, Darkness and Light, Light-and-Darkness, Anger, American, Desire, resistance,...
May 04 2007
Part 1
Mount Madonna Center


Subject-and-Object, Daily Life, Passions, Dependent Origination, Breath, Impermanence...
Apr 01 2007

Sutra on Breathing

Serial: BZ-01210D

One-Day Sitting

Breath, Happiness, Four Foundations, Birth-and-Death, Mindfulness, Subject-and-Object...
Jan 14 2006
Berkeley Zen Center

Breathing Out

Serial: BZ-01186

Sesshin Day 2

Breath, Pure Existence, Renunciation, Buddha Nature, Karma, Don't Know Mind, Big...
Sep 04 2005
Berkeley Zen Center


Heart Sutra, Culture, Bell, Offering, Dependent Origination, Posture, Daily Life,...
Sep 26 2004


Meditation, Sixth Patriarch, Dharma Transmission, Religion, Instruction, Breath,...
Feb 20 2003


Posture, Don't Know Mind, Lay, Breath, Bodhidharma, zen, Beginners, Samsara,...
Mar 13 2002


Impermanence, Lineage, New Year, Intuition, Teacher-and-Student, Buddha Ancestors,...
Mar 11 2002


Serial: BZ-00101A

Saturday Lecture

Breath, Maylie Scott, Daily Life, Liberation, Harmonizing, Practice Period, Don'...
May 19 2001
Berkeley Zen Center


Subject-and-Object, Posture, confusion, lecture, Zendo, Duality, Breath, Continuous,...
Feb 04 2001

Breath and Posture

Serial: BZ-00085A

One-Day Sitting

Breath, Posture, Posture, Instruction
Aug 06 2000
Berkeley Zen Center

Breathing, Theravada/Zen Suffering

Serial: BZ-00194B

Sesshin Day 3

Breath, Theravada, Samadhi, Observe, Mundane Life, Attachment, Daily Life, Four...
Sep 06 1999
Berkeley Zen Center

Breathing (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Serial: BZ-00194A

Sesshin Day 2

Breath, Thich Nhat Hanh, Four Foundations, Peace, Concentration, Happiness,...
Sep 05 1999
Berkeley Zen Center

Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra

Serial: BZ-00108B

Sesshin Day 2

Breath, Big Mind, Subject-and-Object, Mindfulness, Liberation, Four Foundations,...
Mar 25 1994