Ajahn Nissarano launches a series on how to practice the Eightfold Path starting out with the factor of Samma sankappa - Right Intention.

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Ajahn Nissarano talks about how to understand and work with the mind to develop contentment and well-being.

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Ajahn Nissarano introduces the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to the ending of all suffering, and discusses the factors that draw us to practice the Noble Eightfold Path in the first place.

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Ajahn began the night with his own brand of wit and humour making everyone laugh and relax.  Ajahn then encouraged us to keep a light heart in meditation, relax to the max, be peaceful and let go.  When we let go of the past and the future, we have nothing to bother us, nothing to worry about.  As the great philosopher Snoopy once said "worrying about the future never stops bad things happening, whether you worry about them or not they happen, but what it does stop you doing is enjoying the present moment".  Like everything else in life we have to practice, we need to train ourselves how to let go.  So meditation is our training in how to let go of the future and the past, just live in the present moment.  Don't try to improve yourself.  Don't try to change yourself.  Just care for yourself.

When Ajahn had us all relaxed and had our attention, he led us in a thirty minute guided meditation well suited to beginners and experienced alike.

After the meditation Ajahn then regaled us with more stories and jokes. Leaving us feeling relaxed and in good humour when we then socialised with all present with chocolate cake.  A relaxing and enjoyable evening was had by all.

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Meditation guided by Ajahn Sujato. We apologize that the full meditation was not recorded due to technical failures.

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For the past 2 years Ajahn Sujato has been translating Pali Suttas into English. Ajahn shares with us his knowledge and enthusiasm about the Suttas. His translations are published on Sutta Central

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Ajahn Vayama talks about coming to terms with our shadow; that is our unacknowledged and unexpressed fears, hopes, dreams, disappointments, wishes, desires or envy. Ajahn explains how we don’t like to see this and so we avoid it by distracting ourselves in things that make us feel good. Ajahn describes how through meditation though we start to bring the shadow aspects of our life into our conscious awareness and when this happens, we can see things in our mind we don't like. When this happens we should not feel that our meditation is failing, but actually we should be happy that now we are going to a deeper level. Ajahn explains how to deal with this experience through building up the mind and heart with peace, loving kindness, generosity and wisdom i.e. an understanding of non-self, right intention and letting go.

We apologise for the quality of this audio, this Buddha Dhamma talk was given in 1999.

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Bhante Mudito is a monk orginally from Finland who has trained with Ajahn Brahm for many years. In this, one of his first ever public talks, he discusses the role of inspiration in the practice and how to cultivate it.

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Bhante Buddharakkhita leads a guided contemplation on gratitude and goes on to explain how reflecting with gratitude on the good that has been done to us can be the basis for a perception of abundance, and to help us to not feel like we need to acquire more things in our lives.

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Bhante Sujato has been absent from Australia for 2 1/2 years, so when he arrived at Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) on Tuesday everyone was interested to know where he'd been and what he’d been doing. Therefore, this session is quite different to our normal AMG evenings. Bhante gladly started the evening by recounting his time spent on a tiny island in the South China seas just off the coast of Taiwan for 2 1/2 years, translating the Buddha’s texts into plain English.

To see and read the good work being done by Bhante Sujato and his team, please visit Sutta Central.

Bhante, having spoken very little during his time away, started to lose his voice early in the evening and so the meditation, rather than the usual guided meditation, was a silent one. With the majority of us, on the night, well practised, this was a chance for us to do, as a group, our own favourite meditations. Some prefer breath meditation while others prefer metta meditation. It made for a very pleasant meditation greatly appreciated by all.

After the meditation Bhante opened to questions relating to meditation and gave us a talk on the five hindrances that the Buddha detailed in the very early suttas. Very sadly all too soon we ran out of time. We would all have happily stayed for several more hours. One doubts whether Bhante's voice would have held out that long though.  Especially when we consider that since returning to Australia, he has had to speak a great deal.  Bhante was recently on ABC Radio National, to listen to or download his interview, please click here.

An excellent evening with Bhante Sujato appreciated by all and one we hope Bhante will be willing and able to to repeat soon.

 

 

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Ajahn Brahm teaches us about how to program our mind and Ajahn instructs us to mindfully give ourselves a clear instruction three times.

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Ajahn Brahm says, "Fear is looking into the future with a negative mind." Fear makes you fail and sick. Ajahn advises us how to be fearless and have fun.

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Where does an understanding of truth come from? Ajahn Brahm describes how it comes from the contemplation which is based on stillness, because when you are still you can see deeply and it does not come from thinking; if you think too much you only see the surface and superficial. Hence to really understand things deeply and find their true meaning you must train your mind to be still, so that it can penetrate deeply into the nature of things. Ajahn points out that it’s not what your taught which makes you wise, it is what you see that makes you wise.

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Ajahn Brahmavamso gives a talk at the Buddhist Society of Victoria on a weekend retreat on how to meditate with loving-kindness.

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In this talk to students in Melbourne, Ajahn Brahm offers some novel and unexpected ideas on how to deal with stress.

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Ajahn begins by explaining what meditation is likely to be to beginners, those of us that have never meditated before.  Ajahn brings our attention to our attitude when we wish to meditate, if our mind isn't settled or is in the negative, we struggle.  Ajahn further explains some of the hindranses that cause us to lose our focus during meditation.  The clock on the wall, the traffic going past.  Ajahn encourages us to simply be an observer and not to engage in these distractions.

To start the meditation, Ajahn encouraged us to relax, get comfortable and just be.  Ajahn guided us through a full body scan before guiding us in a 30 minute meditation.  Just be here, beautifully cool room, nice people around us.

After meditation Ajahn gave us a talk and opened to questions after bringing us all to laughter with light hearted humour.

 

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Meditation guided by Ajahn Brahm. We apologise the introductory talk was accidently not recorded.

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