Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Buddhism and Homosexuality | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Buddhism and Homosexuality | Ajahn Brahmavamso

February 29, 2020

Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist attitudes to homosexuality and discrimination. Ajahn points out that religion should never be cruel to anybody because the whole idea of spirituality is to have peace, harmony, kindness and love towards everyone. Ajahn Brahm says that being celibate is more deviant than being gay, lesbian or transsexual in our society.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 January 2015

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 January 2015

February 28, 2020

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Intelligence | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Intelligence | Ajahn Brahmavamso

February 28, 2020

Intelligence: What is it? How do we recognize it? And how do we develop it? Ajahn Brahm outlines a Buddhist perspective on intelligence.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Hasapanna | 16 January 2015

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Hasapanna | 16 January 2015

February 27, 2020

Ajahn Hasapanna guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Inner Happiness | Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Cittapalo | Inner Happiness | Armadale Meditation Group

February 27, 2020

Ajahn Cittapalo speaks to us tonight of finding inner happiness. Not so much the happiness we would normally think of such as laughter or pleasure at getting a new lounge. The inner happiness that can be enjoyed by our mind being at peace. Not searching nor assessing the past. Not planing nor analysing the future, just happy to be in the present moment. Achieving this inner happiness for most of us seems impossible, but it can be achieved with practise, patience, persistence and Buddhist Meditation. Ajahn used the life experience of his grand father's life after the second world war to demonstrate that such peace of mind, inner happiness can be achieved by anyone under the most arduous of circumstances.

Ajahn then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation well suited to beginners and experienced alike. Ajahn starts by encouraging us to focus on our physical comfort first then just allow our mind to rest. When thoughts arise, step aside and let them go.

After the meditation Ajahn reminds us to not make our meditation another burden or task. We have enough on our plates already.

 

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 2 January 2015

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 2 January 2015

February 26, 2020

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Ajahn Santutthi | Our Minds are Chaos | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Santutthi | Our Minds are Chaos | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 26, 2020

February 2020

Ajahn Santutthi reminded us that often things within our minds are beyond our control. Thoughts arise and thoughts go. It is often when we look at our thoughts that we become tangled, engaged in them. Chaos. With time or rather, over time we learn to notice such thoughts and simply let them pass. Don't engage, just let them go. Let the mind slow down and just be in the moment. No focusing on the past nor the future. Just be in the moment.

Ajahn then guided us in a thirty minute meditation encouraging us to allow our minds to become settled and peaceful. Ajahn reminded us that within each of us this mind state exists and can only be found within us.

After meditation Ajahn opened to questions.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 22 February 2020

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 22 February 2020

February 25, 2020

How did your last meditation go? Was it a good or a bad experience? Ajahn Brahm reminds us that judging our meditation as good or bad is counter productive. This is because, when you make judgement about your meditation, you would rather get good results so you try hard to control your mind, but your mind won't become peaceful. So we need to stop judging and let our mind naturally come to stillness.

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Meaning of Life | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 February 2020

Meaning of Life | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 February 2020

February 24, 2020

What is the meaning of life? Ajahn Brahm answers that the meaning of life is the meaning that you give it, the relationship that you have with all the things in your life. Ajahn suggests you can live a meaningful life by living with kindness and wisdom.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 February 2020

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 21 February 2020

February 24, 2020

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Ajahn Jhanarato | Basic Meditation | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Jhanarato | Basic Meditation | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 23, 2020

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Ajahn Jhanarato on the 5th November 2018. 

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Kicking Goals in Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Kicking Goals in Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

February 22, 2020

Setting goals is all the rage these days. But how do we resolve the notion of setting goals in life with the Buddhist teaching of letting go and going with the flow? Ajahn Brahm explains how to set goals that are worthwhile and more likely to attain success.

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Solving Conflict | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Solving Conflict | Ajahn Brahmavamso

February 21, 2020

Ajahn Brahm offers insights and suggestions on how to resolve conflict from the small scale to the large, and create a way forward to lasting peace and harmony.

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Bhante Bodhidhaja | Meditation, a Different Perspective | The Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Bodhidhaja | Meditation, a Different Perspective | The Armadale Meditation Group

February 20, 2020

Bhante Bodhidhaja surprised us tonight by bringing a laptop computer, a projector, speakers and a well made presentation on meditation. Before becoming a Buddhist Monk, Bhante was a school teacher and continues to teach, but not ABC nor 123. Instead he employees his skills and training to teach Buddhist Meditation.

Bhante began his presentation by explaining that though the monks when teaching may seem to repeat previous instructions, if we look a little closer we find subtle variations. This is done because what suits one, may not suit another. With this firmly in-mind, Bhante began his presentation and it came as no surprise to all that no-one had previously been taught meditation this way. Bhante through his presentation explained what happens within our mind when we are triggered into a fight or flight mode. Bhante used humour often to make the point.

Bhante then guided the group in a thirty minute meditation first focusing on completely relaxing the body, then the mind. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Bhante continued his presentation with a slight shift in topic to Metta. A subject appropriate given in the western world, Valentines day was so recent. Bhante also referenced and recommended we listen to a podcast on ABC Radio National that is right on topic called “All In The Mind”.  In addition Bhante recommends we view and read the following.  The first one is to a poem written by Bhante some years ago tittled "Love Means Letting Go".  The second are quotes from Ayya Khema on the topic of love.  Bhante then opened to Q&A.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Appichato | 26 December 2014

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Appichato | 26 December 2014

February 20, 2020

Ajahn Appichato guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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Has religion got a future? | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Has religion got a future? | Ajahn Brahmavamso

February 20, 2020

Has religion and spirituality got a future? If so, where is religion in general, and Buddhism in particular heading in future? Ajahn Brahm shares his thoughts on the matter.

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Ajahn Jhanarato | Metta Practice | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Jhanarato | Metta Practice | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 19, 2020

February 2020

Ajahn Jhanarato commenced the evening by reciting one of the Buddha's early sutta regarding Metta Suttacentral”. Ajahn did this to encourage us to commence our meditation from the present moment and with Metta in-mind. By doing this we leave the past where it belongs, in the past and the future does take our attention away from the present moment.

Ajahn doesn't use mantras in his meditation, but rather just focuses on present moment awareness. Though he does acknowledge that for many of us, the use of a mantra is helpful. Ajahn then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation well suited to beginners and experienced a like.

After meditation Ajahn opened to Q&A before reciting another of Buddha's early sutta's Suttacentral in response to a question.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 19 December 2014

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 19 December 2014

February 19, 2020

Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation session for approximately 30 minutes. 

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A Brief History of Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmali

A Brief History of Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmali

February 19, 2020

Ajahn Brahmali outlines a brief history of Buddhism, the impact on Buddhist scriptures, and how this has come to influence our understanding of Buddhism in the modern era.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 February 2020

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 February 2020

February 18, 2020

Ajahn Brahm explains how stillness and insight work together. When we become still, we can see with clarity, which brings even more stillness to our mind.

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