Sometimes when we begin meditating our mind feels heavy and tired or even frustrated. Ajahn Nitho teaches us one way to overcome these hindrances is to prompt joy before we start meditating.

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In this interview from ABC Radio Great Southern, interviewer Lily Hoffman asks Venerable Mudu about the proposed monastery for the Albany region of Western Australia and his journey to becoming a monk.

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Ajahn Nitho share examples and advice on how to develop our wisdom to improve our life qualities, such as health, energy and peacefulness. Ajahn also teaches and encourages us to let go of our sicknesses, tiredness, anger, thinking and sensual inputs.

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Ajahn Nitho guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Ajahn Brahm speaks at his old alma mater as a guest of the Cambridge University Buddhist Society sharing his guidance on the topic of befriending inner fear. Talk given at Lady Mitchell Hall, University of Cambridge on 26th of October 2016. The event was organised by the Cambridge University Buddhist Society in collaboration with Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, of which Ajahn is Spiritual Adviser. Donations towards Anukampa's aim to develop a nuns' monastery in England are extremely welcome. Please visit https://anukampaproject.org/donate/

Teaching retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS09ESgPAVs&index=2&list=PLPxfnU-O-ZyeLHWATLqHA2_g13_MLhGPa (YouTube Channel: Cambridge University Buddhist Society)

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Ajahn Brahm responds to a question about whether meditation can relieve stress related health problems.

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Ajahn Brahm responds to a query about how to deal with internet porn addiction.

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Dennis Sheppard (president of the Buddhist Society of WA) guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre in Perth, Western Australia during the Rains Retreat. This meditation goes with his talk called Stillness, which can be found here: http://podcast.bswa.org/e/stillness-dennis-sheppard/

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Ajahn opened the evening by having us make bubbles and laughing. Ajahn then explained that like popping bubbles we can pop our thoughts as they arise during meditation. Ajahn further explained that trying to meditate without joy and happiness in our minds is so much more difficult than with peace, harmony and joy. If you try to meditate with a heavy, dark or unhappy mind it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have a good meditation. Letting go of our thinking mind is the object we all seek. Popping the thoughts as they arise, just as we would a bubble, is where we wish to go. In this way we become an observer of our thoughts rather than being a controller. We let our thoughts pass more easily and more quickly as an observer.

Ajahn then lead the group in a 30 minute guided meditation starting with a body sweep. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation time seemed to have vanished for all of us so Ajahn reiterated that we need to start our meditation from a peaceful happy place.

 

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According to the Buddha, you should raise your mindfulness before meditating on your breathe. Ajahn Brahmali explains that contemplating on death is one way to increase your present moment awareness because it helps you to let go of your past and future.

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Ajahn Brahmali explains how he came across the Buddhist path and the various reasons why he decided to become a monk, in particular experiencing the peace of breath meditation led him to want to pursue this further. Ajahn explains how through experience you gain confidence in the teachings of the Buddha and he discusses the Kalama Sutta (AN3.65) on navigating among different spiritual options.

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Venerable Appichato talks about the Ten Perfections (Paramis):

  1. Generosity
  2. Morality
  3. Renunciation
  4. Wisdom
  5. Energy
  6. Patience
  7. Truthfulness
  8. Determination
  9. Loving-Kindness
  10. Equanimity

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Ajahn Brahm explains why his retreats are not tough, and why pain doesn't equal gain when it comes to meditation.

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Ajahn Brahm gives some basic instruction on how to do walking meditation.

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Many people think that Right Effort is about stubborn determination and putting in 110% to attain the goal. But is it? Here Ajahn Brahm gives a clear definition of what Right Effort is - and it's not what you think!

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