Breath Talks

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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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

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
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City Center

Some Questions

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

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Serial: SR-00007

Newly reprocessed recording should be a little clearer

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

Seminar on Taoism

Serial: SR-00275-A

Alan Watts on Taoism, session 1

Forms, Silence, Echo, Obstacles, Describe, Lay, Bell, Continuous, Consciousness,...
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