Buddhist Society of Western Australia
How do you judge the year? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 December 2016

How do you judge the year? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 December 2016

December 31, 2016

In his last dhamma talk for 2016, Ajahn Brahm asks us to reflect back on the year. Have you lived up to expectations? Have you set your goals for 2017? Have you written down how you intend to improve yourself and your life? Ok, now throw it in the bin! That's right, if you want to be happy the best way to do it is to lower your expectations to the point where you are happy with yourself and what you have right now. So stop judging and start loving with your imperfections and those of others too!

Ajahn Brahm | Old Monks Don’t Lie - Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Brahm | Old Monks Don’t Lie - Armadale Meditation Group

December 29, 2016

Ajahn Brahm gave a sound introduction to meditation for the beginners that were present on Tuesday 27th, along with his customary jokes and stories.  He guided us through meditation then regaled us with a story "Old Monks Don't Lie" to guide us away from the arrow of wanting.

Essence of Pilgrimage | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 March 2005

Essence of Pilgrimage | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 March 2005

December 28, 2016

Having just returned from a pilgrimage to the Buddhist holy sites in India and Nepal, he talks about the spiritual dimension of pilgrimage. This is not just a travelogue, but rather talking about the ancient tradition of pilgrimage - something Buddhists did before any other religion got the idea - as a source of inspiration to propel us along the path towards Awakening.

Dealing with our thinking | by Ayya Vayama

Dealing with our thinking | by Ayya Vayama

December 25, 2016

Ayya Vayama discusses how to relate to various kinds of thinking through mindfulness and understanding.

Why don’t monks run? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 23 December 2016

Why don’t monks run? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 23 December 2016

December 24, 2016

Ajahn Brahm starts this dhamma talk with the humourous story about the monk and the tiger, which explains why monks don't run. He goes on to talk about the benefits of humility and learning from our mistakes. And also he talks about generating energy, especially when we start to get tired.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 17-12-2016

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 17-12-2016

December 18, 2016

Getting calm and peaceful in meditation is nice and a good outcome from meditating, but as Ajahn Brahmali explains, the aim of meditation is to get in touch with something very profound inside of us and to transcend this world. Ajahn Brahmali talks about how to give rise to a sense of joy and happiness in meditation that can take us to a higher level in meditation.

Secularism & Buddhism | by Ajahn Brahmali | 16 December 2016

Secularism & Buddhism | by Ajahn Brahmali | 16 December 2016

December 17, 2016

Ajahn Brahmali discusses the place of Buddhism in the context of modern secular society. This talk looks at how as Buddhism comes to the West that it offers an opportunity to look at Buddhism in a historical context and to see what is the essence of Buddhism and what are the cultural accretions that form around that essence. He goes on to also talk about how there is a risk of Western culture diluting the essence of Buddhism. This is what Ajahn Brahmali identifies as "secular Buddhism" developing in the West, which has some useful practices and some that are potentially harmful to the essence of Buddhism.

Buddhist Response to Euthanasia | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 26 February 2005

Buddhist Response to Euthanasia | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 26 February 2005

December 15, 2016

Ajahn Brahm tackles the morally complex issue of euthanasia with fine-tuned Buddhist wisdom.

Happiness | by Ayya Vayama | 18 February 2005

Happiness | by Ayya Vayama | 18 February 2005

December 14, 2016

Given that the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism deal with suffering, one can be forgiven for thinking that Buddhist's have a pretty miserable attitude to life. However, as Ajahn Vayama explains, really what the Buddha was teaching was the pathway to achieving ever greater levels of happiness in life. Using recent findings from the fields of psychology and sociology, Ajahn Vayama discusses the Buddhist understanding and practices that are aimed at creating happiness and how research methods are increasingly validating Buddhist teachings and practice.

Ajahn Nissarano | The Buddha’s Path to Happiness and Wellbeing - Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Nissarano | The Buddha’s Path to Happiness and Wellbeing - Armadale Meditation Group

December 14, 2016

Ajahn Nissarano explains how meditation helps us take the first step to
world peace by developing a positive, calm state of mind. He describes how
we can dissolve the five hindrances or blocks to meditation and reduce
depression, anxiety and anger by developing positive emotions and
gratitude. The results are an increase in satisfaction, contentment and
fulfillment.

He then guides us through a very gentle, peaceful meditation flavoured with
a positive emotion to help give it a warmth and pleasantness which the mind
likes. He starts by encouraging us to prime the meditation by setting a
clear intention, and follows this with a guided relaxing body scan
associated with a warm, kind, grateful attention to the body. Finally, a
mantra of thankfulness and gratitude is used to further calm the mind in a
positive, easy flowing way.

What Is The Meaning of Life? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 November 2016

What Is The Meaning of Life? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 November 2016

December 13, 2016

Here's the meaning of life: "Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease".  But is that all there is to it? Ajahn Brahm offers a deeper perspective on the question of "what is the meaning of life?" And rather than the meaning being 'out there' to be discovered, it is rather the meaning that we give to our lives.

Tranquility In Conflict | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 February 2005

Tranquility In Conflict | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 February 2005

December 12, 2016

Responding to a question on how to stay calm amidst conflict, Ajahn Brahm extends his response further by talking about how tranquility can help us to see more deeply into the causes and nature of conflict, and also how tranquility itself can be a key component of resolving conflict, whether its at the small scale with a family or amongst friends, or on a broader scale in the community.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Nissarano | 10-12-2016

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Nissarano | 10-12-2016

December 11, 2016

Ajahn Nissarano uses the perception of kindfulness and of being our own best friend to set up the frame of mind for meditation.

A Guide To Making Difficult Ethical Decisions | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 9 December 2016

A Guide To Making Difficult Ethical Decisions | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 9 December 2016

December 10, 2016

Ajahn Brahm talks about the factors to be considered when going about making difficult decisions in situations where there may be conflicting ethical imperatives.

Ajahn Brahm doesn't tell the audience what decision to make when it comes to contraversial ethical issues, but rather offers the listener a guide to how to make the decisions wisely and ethically.

Compassion and Stillness | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 28 January 2005

Compassion and Stillness | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 28 January 2005

December 7, 2016

Ajahn Brahm talks about the relationship between compassion and stillness (peace in meditation) in that when one is more compassionate and kind to others, this often strengthens our own spiritual qualities, including stillness.

Venerable Upasama | You’re Not In Charge - Armadale Meditation Group

Venerable Upasama | You’re Not In Charge - Armadale Meditation Group

December 6, 2016

Venerable Upasama has started teaching and will be a most welcome teacher at The Armadale Meditation Group. Venerable gave a Dharma Talk on the teachings of Buddha, then an excellent meditation and concluded the night by making us all laugh.

Putting Out The Fires | by Ayya Vayama | 21 January 2005

Putting Out The Fires | by Ayya Vayama | 21 January 2005

December 6, 2016

Using the analogy of a bush fire, Ajahn Vayama explains how to put out the fires of suffering in our lives.

Stop Trying to Meditate | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 January 2005

Stop Trying to Meditate | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 January 2005

December 5, 2016

The problem many people have with meditation is that they try so hard and try the wrong way. Ajahn Brahm explains how to have nice meditation by stopping the trying, and just letting go.

To Hell With Punishment | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 January 2005

To Hell With Punishment | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 January 2005

December 4, 2016

Western society is caught up with the idea of punishment that we often condemn ourselves with guilt, and seek to punish ourselves for perceived wrongdoing. Ajahn Brahm says to hell with this punishment and advocates taking a kinder, more loving approach to the people in our lives, especially ourselves.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 03-12-2016

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 03-12-2016

December 4, 2016

Ajahn Brahm leads the guided Saturday meditation class on 3rd December 2016.