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Ajahn Cittapalo | Samadhi or Meditation, Not Concentration - Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Cittapalo | Samadhi or Meditation, Not Concentration - Armadale Meditation Group

May 9, 2019

Ajahn Cittapalo began by pointing out to us that our use of the word meditation instead of samadhi sometimes leads us to the wrong mindset when we meditate. Lost in translation like so many things said or done by Buddha, the word meditation to us in western society means “Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature”. When we meditate we are usually trying to achieve the opposite. A mind state of calm, relaxation and clarity. Thoughts arise and we let them go. Ajahn used this odd fact to point out that we do tend to allow our minds to latch onto thoughts, rather then letting them go. The result is we spend our time contemplating rather than in peace. Having made us aware Ajahn asked us to allow ourselves to just let the thoughts go and not fall into contemplation.

Ajahn then guided the group in a longer than usual meditation [samadhi not contemplation], beginning with a body sweep and progressing onto just watching the breath. A meditation well suited to beginners and a pleasure to do.

After the meditation, Ajahn was asked questions relating to euthanasia and suicide. Subjects we in western society try to avoid. Ajahn answered as best he could after pointing out that Buddhism doesn’t have an opinion and that any answer given would be his point of view.

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Buddha Nature | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Buddha Nature | Ajahn Brahmavamso

May 9, 2019

Ajahn Brahm responds to a question about whether human nature is closer to the Mahayana Buddhist idea of “buddha nature” or the Christian idea of “original sin”.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 June 2011

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 June 2011

May 8, 2019

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

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Abandoning Desire By Using Desire | Ajahn Vayama

Abandoning Desire By Using Desire | Ajahn Vayama

May 8, 2019

Ajahn Vayama uses the Buddhist teaching of the Iddhipadas (Roads to Success), especially the quality ofaditthana (determination) which is a wholesome desire to overcome the unwholesome desires of sensual craving which lead to suffering. In this way Ajahn Vayama outlines what type of desire is useful in Buddhist practice, and what desire is an obstacle and burden.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Sujato | 11 June 2011

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Sujato | 11 June 2011

May 8, 2019

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

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 May 2019

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 4 May 2019

May 7, 2019

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 45 minutes. We apologise due to technical problems the teaching at the beginning of the meditation was not recorded.

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Discovering and Following Meaning in Your Life | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 May 2019

Discovering and Following Meaning in Your Life | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 May 2019

May 6, 2019

What is the meaning of your life? Ajahn Brahm says that the meaning of life is what you give to it and Ajahn teaches us that one of the best meanings you can give life is caring and serving for others.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 May 2019

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 May 2019

May 6, 2019

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Kamma and Rebirth | Ajahn Brahmali

Kamma and Rebirth | Ajahn Brahmali

May 5, 2019

Dhamma Talk and Questions and Answers Session given by Ajahn Brahmali on the 30th of June 2018 in the UK.

Ajahn Brahmali supports Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, of which Ajahn Brahmavamso is Spiritual Adviser. Donations towards Anukampa's aim to develop a nuns' monastery in England are extremely welcome. Please visit: https://anukampaproject.org/donate/

Teaching retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkfTqEB6kH0 (YouTube Channel: Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project)

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Teachers From Hell | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Teachers From Hell | Ajahn Brahmavamso

May 4, 2019

We’ve all had problems with the boss from hell, the partner from hell, etc. Ajahn Brahm points out how all these difficult people have something to teach us, and a skillful way to go about dealing with these people is to calm the whole situation down using the same attitude that helps us calm our own mind.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 29 June 2007

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 29 June 2007

May 3, 2019

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Changing The World From Within | Ajahn Vayama

Changing The World From Within | Ajahn Vayama

May 3, 2019

Responding to the charge that Buddhism is “passive”, Ajahn Vayama contends that the practice is very active, and very active at the point where we are not used to thinking of being active: namely, the mind. Through actively developing the mind, our speech and actions begin to change in accordance with the changes occurring within.

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Ajahn Brahmali | Understanding The Instructions to Meditation - The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Brahmali | Understanding The Instructions to Meditation - The Armadale Meditation Group

May 3, 2019

Ajahn Brahmali doesn't often get the time to visit us at AMG and we are most grateful when he does because he is an excellent teacher.

Ajahn began by reminding us that the instructions while the same, repeated as they are help reinforce our meditation practice. The changes in our minds happens over time. The time it will take to reach deeper meditation states will vary greatly between each of us. The instructions though usually very simple can actually have a very profound affect on you over time. Hence the need for repetition.

Ajahn then guided us through meditation slightly longer than 30 minutes that is well suited to experienced and novice. Following meditation Ajahn opened to questions. Ajahn then gave a talk on that one subject we in western society tend to avoid. Ajahn delivered an explanation using his own very recent experience of having arranged and conducted a funeral for his father.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 June 2007

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 June 2007

May 2, 2019

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Mindfulness | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Mindfulness | Ajahn Brahmavamso

May 2, 2019

Ajahn Brahm focuses on how to develop the quality of mindfulness – a practice that has been central (e.g. it’s a factor of Eightfold Path and Seven Factors of Enlightenment) to the teaching of Buddhism from the start. He goes on to talk about the varying degrees of attention and the ability to know what’s going on in the mind and body.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 8 June 2007

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 8 June 2007

May 1, 2019

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Origins | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Origins | Ajahn Brahmavamso

May 1, 2019

Why does the universe come from? Why do we exist at all? Ajahn Brahm answers these questions from a Buddhist perspective.

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Guided Meditation | Venerable Hasapanna | 25 June 2011

Guided Meditation | Venerable Hasapanna | 25 June 2011

May 1, 2019

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

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