Buddhist Society of Western Australia
When to attach, and when to let go? | Ajahn Brahm

When to attach, and when to let go? | Ajahn Brahm

November 9, 2017

Ajahn Brahm receives a letter from a Zen practitioner in Japan asking whether there is too much emphasis in Buddhism on "letting go" and not enough on "getting attached" by doing good in the world. Here's AB's response on when to attach and when to let go.

Venerable JR | A Relaxed Evening of Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

Venerable JR | A Relaxed Evening of Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

November 9, 2017

Venerable JR led a relaxed evening of meditation encouraging us to let go of the past and future.  Venerable instructed us that our only responsibility at this time, is to relax.  Nothing to do but relax.  Allow the thoughts to come and then let them go.

Venerable then led a very relaxed breath meditation.  After the meditation Venerable talked about anxiety, then opened the session to Q&A.

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 03-11-2017

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 03-11-2017

November 7, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 04-11-2017

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 04-11-2017

November 7, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali begins by talking about how right view is strongly related to our meditation practice. Then Ajahn offers some simple methods for aligning our mind with the Buddha Dhamma and away from the external world.

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Spiritual Success | Ajahn Brahmali

Spiritual Success | Ajahn Brahmali

November 6, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali reflects on the factors that lead to success in meditation and the spiritual life. Ajahn stresses the importance of the foundation stones being in place such as Kalyanamitta: spiritual friends, because Kalyanamitta will eventually push you all the way to awakening. Ajahn asks us ‘how can we use our ordinary life to support our spiritual life and meditation?’ rather than ‘how can our meditation and spiritual practise support our life?’  

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Friendship | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Friendship | Ajahn Brahmavamso

November 5, 2017

An entertaining talk filled with jokes, both old and new. Ajahn Brahm talks about friendship, both with others and with yourself.

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Bringing Up Children | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Bringing Up Children | Ajahn Brahmavamso

November 4, 2017

This is a light-hearted talk about bringing up children from the Buddhist perspective. Ajahn Brahm stresses the importance of honesty, communication and quality time.

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Dealing with disasters | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Dealing with disasters | Ajahn Brahmavamso

November 2, 2017

On the occasion of the April 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, Ajahn Brahm responds to a request to speak about dealing with disaster.

Bhante Sangharatana | Breath Meditation and Present Moment Awareness - Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Sangharatana | Breath Meditation and Present Moment Awareness - Armadale Meditation Group

November 1, 2017

Bhante Sangharatana talked to us about breath meditation, encouraging us to present moment awareness (bringing our attention to the meditation object, or focus on, for example, our breath).  Bhante further explained that present moment awareness is of itself not the meditation, but rather the goal.  By having, or achieving, present moment awareness we leave the past behind and have no thoughts of the future.  We are just here and now, thinking not of the past nor of the future.

Bhante then explained for the beginners amongst us [that would be most of us], the need for meditation or why we meditate.  He further explained the technique used for a simple but successful breath meditation.  He then guided us through a 30 min beginners breath meditation after which he opened the floor to questions and continued the talk.

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