It's not what you experience that is the problem, but rather, how you experience it that can cause (or solve) problems. Ajahn Brahm uses the Five Hindrances as a lens through which to understand our relationship to life, and how this understanding can give us the choice to relate to the difficulties in life with more patience, compassion and wisdom.
Ajahn Brahm talks about how to develop the power of mindfulness through 'total listening'. This ability can help us wake up to life and find success in life.
Do you know what you really want? When you get what you want will you really be satisfied? Do we really know what we want? Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to find out what we really want ... and how to get it.
Venerable opened the evening with a talk about a not often mentioned subject, preparing for our meditation and what we do as we end our meditation. Venerable used the simile of a gate keeper allowing people to pass. When we start our meditation we need a gate keeper to stop all thoughts but allow only those that are relevant to pass. By doing this we enjoy a much quieter meditation. When we end our meditation we need to take a moment to examine what has occurred during our meditation, look into the reasons such thoughts occur and what effect they may have had. By doing this we slowly but surely build resistance to such thoughts occurring during our meditation.
Venerable then lead the group in a relaxed breath meditation.
After the meditation Venerable talked to us about the tradition of tudong. Tudong is a Thai word used to describe Buddhist Monks when they go wandering or travelling in the wilderness. Venerable then opened to Q&A.
Ajahn Brahm often travels to teach overseas, but he says "I don't travel at all. I just sit back on the plane and the aircraft does the moving." Likewise in meditation, Ajahn says, if you follow your mind, then it doesn't wander off because you're always with it. He advises that whatever your experiencing in meditation give it importance and kindness.
"Even though the body is sick, the mind does not need to be sick," says Ajahn Brahm. Ajahn teaches us to not fear sickness.
Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for about 30 minutes.
Ajahn Brahm's "Real Dhamma Tour"; (UK Dhamma Tour for Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project). Dhamma Talk: "Real Love and Anukampa" given on 13-10-2017. Please visit: www.anukampaproject.org and YouTube: Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project. We apologise for the sound quality in parts of this recording.