Ajahn Brahmali firstly describes what meditation is all about, nothing weird, nothing too complicated.  Ajahn encourages us to watch what is happening in our own mind as we meditate to see what we are thinking about.  This will allow us to establish what we personally prioritise in our lives.  We will often find that the things we personally prioritise such as work, hobbies and our terrible boss, are the things hindering our meditation.  By identifying what is actually distracting us, what we have unknowingly made our first priority, we can shift our thinking to things that will improve our entire lives.  Compassion for ourselves and our families.

Ajahn then guided us in a 30 minute meditation well suited to beginners and the more experienced of us [everyone
benefits from a refresher now and then].

After the meditation Ajahn continued the talk of the need for us all to have a long-term investment in meditation and our inner world. He said how important it is that we care for and develop our inner reactions to the world rather than spending so much time trying to collect possessions, change the world or grumble about the things we cannot change.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahmali offers powerful advice on how we can deepen our meditation with right view. Ajahn explains that our ideas about the future are not real & unrealistic and so we should not bother thinking about the future in meditation. Instead focus on finding peace in the present moment. 

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"Buddhism is incomplete without the Bhikkhuni Sangha". Ajahn Brahmali teaches us of the importance of having the Bhikkhuni Sanga in Buddhism and gives historical evidence that the Buddha supported them, along with sound reasons why we should too.

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One of the biggest problems in meditation practice that almost everyone encounters is the thinking mind. The Buddha says that the foundations for all meditation are virtue and "straight view". Ajahn Brahmali teaches us how to have a "straight view" and calm our mind.

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What can we do to persevere in our Buddhist practice? Ajahn Brahmali offers us an outlook of the world through impermanence, non-self, and suffering and gives us reasons to keep on walking the Buddhist path.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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The Buddha said perceiving in the right way can take you all the way to awakening. We can change and develop our perceptions to support our path to awakening.

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Ajahn Brahmali explains that there are two facets to our meditation practice. The joy and happiness which we encounter in meditation and on the other hand the understanding that the external world is unrealiable, and that combining these two facets will enable us to go deeper into meditation.

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Ajahn Brahmali teaches us that having right view naturally steers our mind in the right direction. Ajahn also advises us to regard our meditation as an act of generosity towards ourselves and others.

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November 13, 2017

Governance | Ajahn Brahmali

Ajahn Brahmali discusses the importance of moral leadership, citing examples from the kings in Buddha's time. Ajahn explains how morality of a leader trickles down to the entire society.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahmali begins by talking about how right view is strongly related to our meditation practice. Then Ajahn offers some simple methods for aligning our mind with the Buddha Dhamma and away from the external world.

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Ajahn Brahmali reflects on the factors that lead to success in meditation and the spiritual life. Ajahn stresses the importance of the foundation stones being in place such as Kalyanamitta: spiritual friends, because Kalyanamitta will eventually push you all the way to awakening. Ajahn asks us ‘how can we use our ordinary life to support our spiritual life and meditation?’ rather than ‘how can our meditation and spiritual practise support our life?’  

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation. Along the way Ajahn reminds us to give ourselves enough time to relax and to ease into the present moment. 

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Using the recent events in Burma regarding the plight of the Rohingya people, Ajahn Brahmali, talked about how to apply spiritual values when we are facing difficult situations.

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Ajahn Brahmali talks about spiritual friendship, known in Pali as Kalyanamitta. Ajahn talks about how Kalyanamitta means something much more profound than a good friend, it is someone who supports you in your spiritual life in all sorts of ways. Ajahn explains how when you are surrounded by spiritual friends, such as being involved in a Buddhist Temple, you get caught in the tail wind and pulled along in the same direction, which is one of the reasons why monastic life is so powerful.

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Ajahn Brahmali talks about filial piety, one's duties to one's parents.

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What is freedom really? Ajahn Brahmali contrasts modern societal notions of freedom with a Buddhist conception of freedom.

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