Ajahn Sujato uses this opportunity to describe his recently published book entitled ‘The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Text’, written by himself and Ajahn Brahmali. Ajahn explains what the book’s about and why they produced it.

Ajahn talks about the benefits of reading and discussing the suttas, but points out that the most important thing is your own experience of the Dhamma, understanding suffering and practising the eight fold path to overcome suffering. 

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Ajahn Brahmali discusses the importance placed on generosity by the Buddha, how we can develop generosity and how this quality of mind supports our meditation practice.

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Ajahn Brahm offers many great ways of overcoming phobias, such as using awareness, compassion, kindness, catching it early, relaxing the body and so on. Ajahn reveals that some phobias can be traced to previous lives and finding out the reason behind your phobia can take away a lot of the fear, which takes away a lot of the problems. 

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After visiting Singapore where Ajahn Brahm met many Buddhists working in the prisons to care for and help the prisoners. Ajahn Brahm decides to give a talk about the prisons of the mind and how to break free. In this talk Ajahn also recollects his visits to the prisons.

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Ajahn Brahmali teaches that when you keep the 5 or 8 precepts, you are following in the footsteps of the Buddha and his great disciples. Ajahn instructs us to give ourselves a sense of uplift by reminding ourselves we are doing something very good with our life. Doing this gives rise to joy in your meditation.

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Ajahn Brahmali explores the Buddhist idea of freedom of choice and will. Ajahn looks closely at the connection between the Buddhist idea of freedom that is freedom from suffering or problems in life, compared to freedom of choice or will. Ajahn also looks at how our choices and intentions affect us.

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Venerable Hasapanna expands on the first noble truth, that life is inherently unsatisfactory.

Venerable talks about how life is beyond our control, things happen according to causes and conditions and therefore all we can do is make the causes we want and let them unfold. 

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Responding to a request to talk on the Buddhist idea of the art of love for Valentine’s Day. Ajahn Brahm gives a teaching on what romance or love actually is and how it works.

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Ajahn Brahmali reflects on the meaning of Secular Buddhism, the need for it and whether Buddhism’s really a religion in the first place. Ajahn takes a look at how Buddhism has changed and adapted in western culture and the risks of Buddhism changing too much.

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Ajahn Brahm offers a deeper and broader understanding of mindfulness. Ajahn talks about the development and benefits of mindfulness and meditation, how it actually works and its role in the path of practice.

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Venerable Mudito encouraged us to lift our self confidence by looking within, asking if we respect ourselves.  Be kind to ourselves and in so doing lift our self confidence.

Venerable then guided us through a 30 minute meditation using our bodies as the focus, totally relaxing us in the process.  The mediation was well suited to beginners and intermediates.  He then gave a Dharma talk to further encourage us to look inward and boost our self confidence.

During Q&A he explained how he came to be a Monk and why it is so important for us to be kind and respectful to our selves.  We look forward to Venerable returning to The Armadale Meditation Group.

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Ajahn Sujato talks about the relationship or connection between our environment, climate change and the Dhamma, Buddhism. Ajahn takes a close look at how our existence is interdependent with our environment and everything going on around us and reflects upon how to deal with our emotions about climate change such as despair, depression and fear of the future.

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Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist attitude and perspective towards climate change and the environment.

Ajahn gives this talk to help relieve people’s underlying fears about climate change and generate some solutions. Ajahn begins by talking about an interesting metaphor in the Jataka tales (suttas) about climate change. And Ajahn also talks about reincarnation being a good reason to care for the land we live on.

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Ajahn Brahm dedicates this talk to those of us living alone or without a relationship, however he says this talk is also relevant to those in relationships. 

Ajahn elaborates on the Buddhist principle or the basic law of karma that what you are experiencing right now is the result of your karma from the past and you can’t do anything with it. The most important thing is not what you have to deal with in life, but how you deal with it. In other words what are you making out of what you have. 

Ajahn advises us to love and appreciate ourselves and others and stop trying to change and improve ourselves and others.

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What if this is your last meditation?  Ajahn Brahmali begins by giving a short Dhamma talk on the skilful ways of establishing yourself in the present moment. Ajahn teaches us that by contemplating death, thoughts about past and future fade away. Ajahn suggests to contemplate death at the beginning of the meditation to remind us that the past and future are irrelevant and help remove restlessness and tiredness.

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What is the Buddha’s advice to lay Buddhists?

Ajahn repeats some of the Buddha’s teachings he gave to laypeople and talks of the benefits of living life well. Ajahn begins by looking at the distinction between what the Buddha taught to laypeople and monastics. Ajahn covers many topics such as morality, generosity, kindness, solitude practise and meditation.

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Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to find a way through the thicket of confusion. Ajahn talks about remaining open to the potentials and opportunities that life brings, rather than allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed and lost in confusion.

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Ajahn Appichato reflects upon the benefits of meditation on the mind and body, such as meditations physical healing effects and the great sense of peace and well-being it brings to the mind.

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Ajahn Cittapalo is always a welcome teacher at AMG, he never fails to fill the house. Tonight he encouraged us to be patient with our impatience. Thoughts arise during meditation whether we want them to or not. Don't be impatient with yourself, let them go and gently bring your mind back to your meditation object.

Ajahn guided us through a 30 minute meditation that was well suited to beginners and intermediates.  He then gave a Dharma talk that was both humorous and relevant to our habit of being impatient with our minds.

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How can we development wisdom in our day to day experiences? How does wisdom manifest in our actions, thoughts and feelings?

Ajahn Appichato talks about the wisdom component of Buddhism which brings you to the truth. Ajahn points out that human beings have an insight faculty to develop a deep understanding of themselves and life in general. And Ajahn talks about the link between awareness or mindfulness and wisdom. 

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