Ajahn spoke to us on the impermanence of thoughts in our meditation. Thoughts arise and then they pass. Just let them go. We know that, in life, nothing is permanent, things happen then they pass. So it is with our meditation. It doesn't matter if it's metta, breath, counting or a mantra the thoughts will arise and then pass. What matters is that we don't latch onto them, just let them go and return to our meditation.

Ajahn then asked the group which meditation they'd like to do. We chose body contemplation or body sweep and then moving to a breath meditation. Ajahn then reminded us that it isn't so much the method of meditation, it's more that our mind changes over time as we practice. The more we meditate the more relaxed we become.

 

 

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Ajahn Brahmali advises us to start by relaxing into our meditation, because he says relaxing and letting things be helps our minds to calm down so we can mindfully and easily watch the breath. Also reminding ourselves to have gratitude and metta from time to time helps us to lift up our mind and to direct it in the right way.

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Ajahn Brahmali is back after the rains retreat. Ajahn Brahmali revisits the basic teachings of Buddhism such as the Four Noble Truths because he says these help us to see what Buddhism is pointing to and is all about. Ajahn talks about the problems of our existence and shares a story from the suttas to help illustrate the point clearly. Ajahn describes how the Buddhist path is the path to purify ourselves so that we see things in the right way, get insights into the Four Noble Truths and ultimately eliminate our suffering once and for all.

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Ajahn Brahm gives advice for dealing with fear and letting go.
A public talk given in Sydney, March 2011.

Teaching retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKHUkv1wUnw (YouTube Channel: Dhammanet)

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Ajahn Brahm answers a question about what we should do when we come out of the powerful bliss of deep samadhi.

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Venerable Hasapanna conducts an intermediate / advanced meditation class for approximately one hour. Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, Perth, Western Australia. 

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Ajahn Nissarano talks about paying respect to the Buddha through practicing loving-kindness (metta).

Recorded by the Buddhist Society of Victoria in Melbourne.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately twenty five minutes. Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation designed for children, but which adults can enjoy too. 

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Venerable Cunda used his own life as an example of our habit of overloading ourselves with stress. Business, home life or in our working lives, we tend to allow the stress to build up and then overload. We need to find a time in our daily lives to peacefully meditate, leaving the stress behind.

Venerable Cunda leads the group through a peaceful meditation starting with a body scan. The meditation then progresses to the breath with long peaceful silences. The simple but relaxing meditation is well suited to both beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Venerable expanded on the benefits of meditation - we are more relaxed, more calm and physically relaxed when we meditate. Venerable then opened to Q&A.

 

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Ajahn Nissarano talks about using Right Speech (sama vaca) to prevent and overcome anger, and live more peacefully.

Recorded by the Buddhist Society of Victoria in Melbourne.

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Ajahn Cittapalo conducts an intermediate/ advanced meditation class for approximately one hour. Ajahn Cittapalo reminds us not to try and stop or control anything, but instead to have a kind awareness of what’s going on in our mind and to treat everything that arises as a friend. As well as confidence in watching very closely what is happening so that we see what is going on and learn.  

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Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, Perth, Western Australia.

 

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Ajahn Nissarano talks about the meaning of a chant; “I honour and pay respect to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and by this practice according to Dhamma I will be freed from birth, old age, sickness and death.” Ajahn explains that the Buddhist path is our lives 24 hours a day and that the complete Buddhist path (which is also the short cut path) is the Noble Eightfold Path which takes us all the way to enlightenment because practicing it creates the conditions and causes for enlightenment.

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(A)ccepting complements, negative moments and not punishing is kindness. (B)eing kind by letting people be as they are. (C)aring with kindness for yourself and others instead of improving or curing. This talk was an offering for the Theravadin Forest Tradition Bhikkhunis residing in Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rose, CA, USA during February 15-24, 2015. To help build Dhamma, by contributing money to the temple as a place of practice, go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-feminine-wisdom-in-buddhism#/

Teaching retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRdNIsLQ7AU (YouTube Channel: Ajahn Brahm's Benefit Talks for Dhammadharini)

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Ajahn Brahm about how powerful mindfulness comes out of stillness (samadhi), and how samadhi powers mindfulness which leads to deep, direct insights.

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