Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 2 June 2006
Internet Porn Addiction | Ajahn Brahmavamso | Dhamma Shorts
Friday Night Guided Meditation | Dennis Sheppard | 14 July 2017

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Dennis Sheppard | 14 July 2017

December 12, 2018

Dennis Sheppard (president of the Buddhist Society of WA) guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre in Perth, Western Australia during the Rains Retreat. This meditation goes with his talk called Stillness, which can be found here: http://podcast.bswa.org/e/stillness-dennis-sheppard/

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Ajahn Nitho - Pop Thoughts Like Popping Bubbles - The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Nitho - Pop Thoughts Like Popping Bubbles - The Armadale Meditation Group

December 12, 2018

Ajahn opened the evening by having us make bubbles and laughing. Ajahn then explained that like popping bubbles we can pop our thoughts as they arise during meditation. Ajahn further explained that trying to meditate without joy and happiness in our minds is so much more difficult than with peace, harmony and joy. If you try to meditate with a heavy, dark or unhappy mind it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have a good meditation. Letting go of our thinking mind is the object we all seek. Popping the thoughts as they arise, just as we would a bubble, is where we wish to go. In this way we become an observer of our thoughts rather than being a controller. We let our thoughts pass more easily and more quickly as an observer.

Ajahn then lead the group in a 30 minute guided meditation starting with a body sweep. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation time seemed to have vanished for all of us so Ajahn reiterated that we need to start our meditation from a peaceful happy place.

 

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 26-05-2006
Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 08-12-2018

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 08-12-2018

December 11, 2018

According to the Buddha, you should raise your mindfulness before meditating on your breathe. Ajahn Brahmali explains that contemplating on death is one way to increase your present moment awareness because it helps you to let go of your past and future.

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Why I am a Buddhist Monk | Ajahn Brahmali | 07-12-2018

Why I am a Buddhist Monk | Ajahn Brahmali | 07-12-2018

December 10, 2018

Ajahn Brahmali explains how he came across the Buddhist path and the various reasons why he decided to become a monk, in particular experiencing the peace of breath meditation led him to want to pursue this further. Ajahn explains how through experience you gain confidence in the teachings of the Buddha and he discusses the Kalama Sutta (AN3.65) on navigating among different spiritual options.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 07-12-2018
The Ten Perfections | Ajahn Appichato | 24 April 2009

The Ten Perfections | Ajahn Appichato | 24 April 2009

December 9, 2018

Venerable Appichato talks about the Ten Perfections (Paramis):

  1. Generosity
  2. Morality
  3. Renunciation
  4. Wisdom
  5. Energy
  6. Patience
  7. Truthfulness
  8. Determination
  9. Loving-Kindness
  10. Equanimity

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Vayama | 19-05-2006
Use Wisdom Power, Not Will Power | Ajahn Brahmavamso | Dhamma Shorts

Use Wisdom Power, Not Will Power | Ajahn Brahmavamso | Dhamma Shorts

December 8, 2018

Ajahn Brahm explains why his retreats are not tough, and why pain doesn't equal gain when it comes to meditation.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 12-05-2006
Walking Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | Dhamma Shorts
Dhamma Shorts | Right Effort In The Eightfold Path | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Dhamma Shorts | Right Effort In The Eightfold Path | Ajahn Brahmavamso

December 5, 2018

Many people think that Right Effort is about stubborn determination and putting in 110% to attain the goal. But is it? Here Ajahn Brahm gives a clear definition of what Right Effort is - and it's not what you think!

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Bhante Buddharakkhita - Gratitude and Draining The Swamp - The Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Buddharakkhita - Gratitude and Draining The Swamp - The Armadale Meditation Group

December 5, 2018

Bhante Buddharakkhita was about to start the evening when he noticed that the Christmas lights were on in our room. Bhante asked that they be left on, and the main lights turned off, so as to mark the time of the year which, to those of us in western society, is Christmas.  Such things, that may seem not to be an issue to us, are to others a trigger for anxiety and stress.  As this was the case for some in our audience, Bhante explained that to run for a lifetime from such things does not make them better or resolve them.  Sooner or later you have to face such triggers and where better than in a group of like minded people who are all learning to meditate.  Bhante then further explained that to help resolve such issues in his own life he would reverse the process by acknowledging the event, and trigger, and instead of allowing it to stress him, he would tell himself to relax.  In this way he managed to resolve his anxiety and simply relax.

Bhante continued his talk, returning to his subject of gratitude, prior to leading the group in a meditation with gratitude foremost in mind. Bhante used the image of floating in a swimming pool to relax and extend his gratitude to the universe before moving to a breath meditation.

After the meditation Bhante used his ample wit and humour to continue his subject of gratitude.  Bhante encouraged us to look for gratitude in all situations and used, as examples, his experience in teaching meditation to a group of children of various ages.  In doing so we can resolve situations that make us anxious or annoyed.

 

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 01-12-2018

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 01-12-2018

December 4, 2018

Ajahn Brahm teaches that you cannot calm your mind through concentration, but instead you must let go and you let go by being content.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30-11-2018
Death and Grief | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 November 2018

Death and Grief | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 November 2018

December 3, 2018

Contradictory to our common belief, Ajahn Brahm contests that when a loved one dies, you don't have to have grief and he goes onto explain how death can actually be an inspirational experience.

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Buddhism and How to be Healthy | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 October 2016

Buddhism and How to be Healthy | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 October 2016

December 2, 2018

This is Ajahn Brahm's first talk back at Dhammaloka after the Rains Retreat in 2016. Ajahn Brahm shares some ways to be healthy such as; laughing, happiness, understanding how our body works, mindfulness and meditation. Ajahn tells us some stories on how to deal with a range of physical and mental, emotional illnesses.

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Finding a Place of Peace to Retreat | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 24 July 2015

Finding a Place of Peace to Retreat | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 24 July 2015

December 2, 2018

This is the last dhamma talk by Ajahn Brahm prior to the 3 months of the Rains Retreat in 2015. The Rains Retreat is a tradition going back to the time of the Buddha when monks and nuns stop travelling and spend time developing the peace of their meditation practice. In this talk Ajahn Brahm talks about how we all need a place in time and space to retreat to and find peace within.

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