Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to alleviate aches and pains through meditation and Ajahn instructs us to be mindful of our pain and to practice relaxing it.

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Dogs are much wiser than you might think. Ajahn Brahm says that they can teach us a lot about kindness, compassion and faithfulness.

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Ajahn Vayama gives a talk on the nature of suffering, dukkha, which is the Buddha’s first noble truth that life is inherently unsatisfactory. The word dukkha means that which is difficult to bear. Ajahn explains how this Noble Truth is not saying that life is all miserable, but that it has this nature to it, which we can’t change. Ajahn explains how Buddhism teaches us how to deal with life’s dukkha and constant change more skillfully and wholesomely for our own and others peace and happiness. Ajahn teaches us how understanding and becoming more familiar with dukkha actually prepares us for the ups and downs of life. This Buddha Dhamma talk was given in 1999.

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A talk on how to use mindfulness to counter stress and develop calm.

Recorded by the Buddhist Society of Victoria.

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Known for his wit and wisdom, Ajahn Brahm is the bestselling author of "Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond"; "Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy"; "Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung?"; and "Kindfulness". A self-described meditation junkie, Ajahn Brahm will share his knowledge and experience of the jhanas and insight, which constitute the heart of the Buddha's original teachings. Never before has this material been approached in such an empowering way by a teacher of such authority and popularity.

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Once, when Ajahn Brahm was young, he got lost in the wilderness of England. He eventually found his way out by following a stream downhill. If you are feeling lost in your meditation practice, Ajahn Brahm encourages you to follow your emotion of peace and happiness. Ajahn teaches us that peace and happiness is the direction of progress.

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"We should walk the talk" says Ajahn Brahm. Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to be authentic and to have a healthy relationship with others and ourselves.

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Ajahn Visuddhi talks about our unconscious hidden conceit and need to compete and defend our individuality, status, uniqueness, identity or self. As well as our inner need to conform and be the same. Ajahn also reflects on how we can have an insidious wish for others to fail so we don’t feel like failures. Why do we feel we must keep up with Jones’ and be equal to others? Finally how do we overcome this, so we can relax and just live in a friendly community?

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Ajahn Sujato discusses one of the most commonly taught Dhammas or group of Buddhist teachings known as the Five Spiritual Faculties: Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Samadhi and Wisdom or Understanding. Ajahn talks about what they mean and how to practice them.

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Each year we are blessed with a visit and teaching by Bhante Nissarano. Bhante is based in Sri Lanka, visiting his home city of Perth once every year or two. On such visits, Bhante is usually in high demand, so we at AMG are very grateful for his time.

Bhante started the night by encouraging us to make our bodies physically comfortable first. If our body isn't comfortable our mind will not relax, let alone get comfortable. Bhante continues to encourage us to do our physical exercise first and then to work with our minds to further relax the body. Only after we are relaxed and comfortable can we then move onto relaxing the mind. For some the breath is neither exciting nor important enough for us to use as a meditation object. Bhante suggests that we encourage our minds to be positive and use "giving" to bring our emotions to a positive position. Bhante encourages us to find a positive mind state as a habit, not just for our meditation but our daily lives.

Bhante then guided the group through a 30 minute meditation suited to all, beginners to experienced alike.

After the meditation Bhante opened the floor to "comments, questions or complaints". Bhante then related an occasion when he did get a complaint from a meditator. Bhante used this example to encourage us to look at why this has happened. Once we identify the reason we can then deal with it and move onto thoughts and emotions that help us enjoy our lives.

 

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Ajahn Brahm explains how we can let go of guilt and punishment and become best friends with ourselves.

Ajahn Brahm is one of the most insightful, unpredictable, and popular Dhamma teachers in Australia and internationally. This is a teaching he gave in Sydney at the Roselea Community Centre.

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Ajahn Nissarano guides a meditation session. First 30 minutes of the session was not recorded so this audio  track starts midway through the session.

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What sort of world do you want to live in? Ajahn Nissarano teaches us how our ethical behavior affects our world.

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Ajahn Brahm gives an interesting talk on monogamy, polygamy and the third option solitude. Ajahn discusses the benefits of a committed monogamous relationship and the qualities that support it. Ajahn stresses that it is the way we do things that is most important, not so much what we do. Are you doing it kindly, compassionately, wisely or selfishly with no concern for the other person?

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Ajahn Vayama offers some reflections on the Buddhist teachings on living in the present, in the here in now. Ajahn Vayama says “The Buddha recited a poem to his disciples which he encouraged them to learn by heart and to use in their daily life to focus on the present moment. Part of the poem goes like this “One should not trace back the past, nor on the future builds ones hopes, the past is just the left behind, the future the yet unreached, rather with insight one should watch each mind moment as it arises now, to know and to be sure of that today the effort must be made, tomorrow death may come, who knows.” This poem is a summary of the Buddha’s teaching on living in the present moment.” We apologise for the quality of this audio, this Buddha Dhamma talk was given in 2000.

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Some excellent questions and wise responses on many contemporary issues.

On the invitation of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ajahn Brahm delivers an interview at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka in November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation.

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Ajahn Brahmali firstly describes what meditation is all about, nothing weird, nothing too complicated.  Ajahn encourages us to watch what is happening in our own mind as we meditate to see what we are thinking about.  This will allow us to establish what we personally prioritise in our lives.  We will often find that the things we personally prioritise such as work, hobbies and our terrible boss, are the things hindering our meditation.  By identifying what is actually distracting us, what we have unknowingly made our first priority, we can shift our thinking to things that will improve our entire lives.  Compassion for ourselves and our families.

Ajahn then guided us in a 30 minute meditation well suited to beginners and the more experienced of us [everyone
benefits from a refresher now and then].

After the meditation Ajahn continued the talk of the need for us all to have a long-term investment in meditation and our inner world. He said how important it is that we care for and develop our inner reactions to the world rather than spending so much time trying to collect possessions, change the world or grumble about the things we cannot change.

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