Ajahn Santutthi encouraged us to consider meditation as recharging the batteries of the mind. We are learning how to be passengers in our meditation practice, not dictators. So when random thoughts pop up, just observe, don't engage, let them go. Having present moment awareness isn't impossible, it just takes practice. The result is being right here, right now and gaining a stepping stone to inner peace. Be patient and gentle with yourself.

Ajahn guided us in a thirty minute meditation well suited to both experienced meditators and beginners. Ajahn suggested that we patiently observe our mind and see where it is in this moment. No heavy focus, just gentle observation and notice what we as individuals would like our meditation object to be, rather than making an arbitrary decision. By allowing our minds to be where they want to be as we start to meditate, we remove some of the rigidity. A softer approach. Once our minds are settled and we are just observers, we can then gently change direction and focus on an object such as our breath, as we would normally do.

After meditation Ajahn opened to Q&A.

 

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Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to get one's mind and life out of the fog of confusion using the clarity born of mindfulness.

Recorded at the Chempaka Buddhist Lodge in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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Ajahn Brahm explains how to live this life in a way that leads us to heaven.

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Interesting in practicing the spiritual path, but feel too lazy to get started? Ajahn Brahm has advice for people who are lazy and just want an easy life....and spirituality too.

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In meditation, is your mind always running a commentary on your experiences? Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to calm our mind by starting with body awareness.

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Have you ever felt that people squeeze as much they can out of you? Ajahn Brahm argues that we’re not a resource to be exploited, and teaches us how to cultivate a win-win situation at work.

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Teaching of the 5 precepts given to anagarikas and lay people attending the three months Rains Retreat of 2009. Ajahn Brahm explains the moral philosophy behind the Five Precepts. Apologies for the quality of this audio which is quite poor in parts. Recommend turning the volume up to hear properly.

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Ajahn Brahm talks about his favourite subject: happiness! Learn the secret of happiness with Ajahn Brahm.

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We haven't seen Bhante at Club Med for some years so it was a welcome surprise to see and hear him.  Bhante started the evening in an unconventional way which was an unusual but welcome change.  Bhante, having been present in areas of the world that have suffered greatly from both natural and man made disasters, replayed a podcast from the US radio station website "This American Life".  The podcast documentary tells the story of a phone booth in Japan that attracts thousands of people who lost loved ones in the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.  A Japanese TV crew from NHK Sendai filmed people inside the phone booth.  The phone line, however, is not connected.  The episode by Miki Meek is incorporated into our podcast but can be listened to independently by following the link below.

Bhante thankfully warned us that hankies and tissues would be and were required.

Bhante used this podcast to highlight the need for us to come to terms with ourselves more than anything and in doing so, forgive ourselves. Don’t wait for the forgiveness of those we have  trespassed against.  Forgive ourselves now -  for ourselves.

Immediately after the podcast had concluded, Bhante lead us into a body scan meditation.  Toward the middle of the meditation, Bhante used the Metta Sutta as a mantra in and for the rest of the meditation.  After the meditation, Bhante continued to talk on forgiveness and why we should forgive ourselves.

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This American Life - episode 579 - One Last Thing Before I Go - act one

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Ajahn Brahm visits Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia to talk about finding the true meaning of life.

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Bhante Sujato broke with our normal format and gave us a dharma talk on Dependant Origination prior to the meditation.  Dependant Origination is at the core of the Buddha's teachings and is viewed by many as a very difficult, confusing subject.  Bhante handled it by using real life examples from his own life, with a good dose of humour, using words and terms that the lay person can understand.

Bhante then asked the group what type or object they would prefer for the meditation.  The raised hands were fairly even on all the suggestions, so it was left to Bhante to decide.  Bhante having just given a dharma talk on Dependant Origination suggested a meditation on the four elements as recognised by Buddhists.  So the meditation object was Earth, Water, Fire, Air and how they relate to everything (our bodies and all things around us) both seen and unseen.

After meditation Bhante opened to Q&A suggesting that anyone who may have been confused by the dharma talk, should now ask.

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Are you not enjoying meditation? Perhaps you are trying too hard to achieve something in your meditation. Venerable Hasapanna teaches you to take your time; to relax your body and to practice metta and contentment before meditating on your breath.

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Do you have problems that you want to get rid of? Venerable Hasapanna explains how your wanting to get rid of the problem creates additional suffering.

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The Buddhist Society of Western Australia is honoured to guest speaker Professor Ajahn Dhammavihari give a Dhamma talk. Ajahn begins by talking about the Buddha’s first sermon. (13 June 2006). 

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Ajahn Brahm talks about how Buddhism can solve all sorts of problems in the world.

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Most people who come to see Ajahn Brahm don't come to talk about Buddhism, they come to talk about all their problems and troubles in life. Oftentimes people ask themselves when they are suffering, "Why me?" In this talk, Ajahn Brahm offers an answer to this question.

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