Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Don’t Make It Harder Than It Already Is | Ajahn Cittapalo | 31 May 2020

Don’t Make It Harder Than It Already Is | Ajahn Cittapalo | 31 May 2020

June 1, 2020

This guided meditation is part of the corona dhamma daily series of daily meditation and dhamma teachings offered by the monks at Bodhinyana Monastery to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thumbs Down | Ajahn Cittapalo | 06-05-2020

Thumbs Down | Ajahn Cittapalo | 06-05-2020

May 8, 2020

This guided meditation is part of the corona dhamma daily series of daily meditation and dhamma teachings offered by the monks at Bodhinyana Monastery to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Unessential Nonsense | Ajahn Cittapalo | 23 April 2015

Unessential Nonsense | Ajahn Cittapalo | 23 April 2015

April 24, 2020

This guided meditation is part of the corona dhamma daily series of daily meditation and dhamma teachings offered by the monks at Bodhinyana Monastery to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Time to Rest | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Time to Rest | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

March 4, 2020

March 2020

Ajahn Cittapalo asks us to be grateful of the time we have to simply meditate. We live such busy lives that often to have these small moments is difficult. So to appreciate such moments for the opportunity they are, gives us the initial thought to base our meditation on. Let go of the controller and simply watch what comes our way, then let it go. Be it sound, smell or body feelings. See the thought arise, don't engage and let it pass. Time to rest.

Ajahn and the group then meditated for thirty minutes in silence. So, this meditation is best suited to an experienced meditators.

After meditation Ajahn reminded us that when we are suffering with physical pains that it really isn't a good idea to remain in a fixed posture. It is our body and we are allowed to stand, walk and move about. Forcing ourselves to remain stationary during meditation doesn't help when there is pain. Stand, walk around, be comfortable. Meditation is a time to rest, not add another burden to our lives.

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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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Ajahn Cittapalo | Our Inner Monologue | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Our Inner Monologue | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 13, 2020

February 2020

Ajahn Cittapalo reminds us that meditation is not about stopping the mind nor fixating on a single thing. Rather we should be kindly aware of what is happening with our mind. Practice just watching what is happening. Don't try to change it, simply acknowledge it and let it go. As we practice this more often, the inner monologue occurs less. Allowing us to enjoy a peaceful relaxing meditation.

The group, having all meditated previously, meditated for thirty minutes in silence.

After meditation Ajahn drew our attention to how happy we feel after meditation and how good the general feeling.

 

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Meditation is Easy, It Just Takes Practice - Part 2 | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Meditation is Easy, It Just Takes Practice - Part 2 | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 2, 2020

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Ajahn Cittapalo on 2nd July 2018. This is part 2. Click here for part 1

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Making The Effort | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Making The Effort | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

January 22, 2020

January 2020

Ajahn Cittapalo asked us to be grateful to ourselves for making the effort to be there on a Monday night and meditating. As we struggle with meditation, we often forget to be grateful to ourselves for at least making the effort.

Ajahn then guided us in a thirty minute meditation well suited to all. Ajahn then spoke to us on right thought and his two favourite verses from the suttas.

Vist Sutta Central to view and read - Two Kinds of Thought.

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Meditation is Easy, It Just Takes Practice - Part 1 | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Meditation is Easy, It Just Takes Practice - Part 1 | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

January 12, 2020

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Ajahn Cittapalo on 25th June 2018. This is part 1 of 2. Click here for part 2

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Be Gentle with your Mind | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Cittapalo | Be Gentle with your Mind | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

December 22, 2019

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Ajahn Cittapalo on the 4th of November 2019.  

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Something To Aspire To | Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Cittapalo | Something To Aspire To | Armadale Meditation Group

December 20, 2019

Ajahn Cittapalo asks us to consider the Metta Sutta and it's wording. Ajahn reminds us that the Metta Sutta is something to aspire to. How-ever, when we meditate we should focus our attention on just one person, ourselves. Make number one happy, then more often than not, those around us will be happy too. Ajahn reminds us that we should put our own mind first in meditation. If we are calm and happy, it will be easier, more pleasant to wish others well.

Ajahn then guided the group in meditation well suited to beginners and experienced alike and a pleasure to do. Ajahn asks us to be kind to ourselves first before considering others. To simply allow thoughts to come, to go and not apply any pressure to our mind. Just let it progress.

After the meditation, Ajahn continued his talk on the Metta Sutta asking us to bare in mind that it is a translation, not a set of instructions.

 

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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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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 16 March 2019

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 16 March 2019

March 19, 2019

Ajahn Cittapalo immediately starts the group meditation and then at the end answers questions.

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Anxiety, Fear and Terror | Ajahn Cittapalo | 15 March 2019

Anxiety, Fear and Terror | Ajahn Cittapalo | 15 March 2019

March 18, 2019

We all have fears and anxieties that are difficult to overcome. Ajahn Cittapalo shares his realisation that fear is just a thought and how we relate to it causes us to suffer or not. This talk relates to the short guided meditation Ajahn conducts directly before it.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 15 March 2019

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 15 March 2019

March 18, 2019

Ajahn Cittapalo guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes. 

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Your Intention and Motivation to Meditate – The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Cittapalo | Your Intention and Motivation to Meditate – The Armadale Meditation Group

March 6, 2019

We don’t see Ajahn Cittapalo often enough at The Armadale Meditation Group. Ajahn is particularly good at delivering instructions on meditation that are easily understood by beginners and those new to meditation.

Ajahn began his talk tonight by making us all laugh when he used our headset microphone for the first time. This had the immediate effect of relaxing us all and bringing us into the present moment. Ajahn then commenced his talk and instruction by asking us to consider what our intentions and motivations are before we meditate or, in the case of “newbies”, (as he calls those of us who are fairly new to meditation), to look carefully at our intentions and motivations before we sit down and attempt to meditate. If we do this for a minute or two, and try not to place undue pressure on ourselves, the meditation becomes less of a task and thus a more pleasant thing to do. No-one wants to add another task to their day.

After giving us instructions and describing the benefits of meditation to the “newbies”, Ajahn lead the group through a body sweep and peaceful meditation intended to help us simply relax and look inward. This meditation is well suited to beginners and those new to meditation.

After meditation Ajahn continued his talk on those things that hinder our meditations. He also asked us to consider trying different meditations and even different teachers before giving up. Ajahn talked on those things that we humans allow ourselves to become addicted to, suggesting that an addiction to meditation would be more beneficial. Ajahn further encouraged us to look within our own minds to resolve those things that bother us so deeply.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 17 November 2018

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 17 November 2018

November 20, 2018

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.

 

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 03-05-2014

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 03-05-2014

October 24, 2018

Ajahn Cittapalo 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 Cittapalo | 02-05-2015

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 02-05-2015

September 15, 2018

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

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 04-02-2012

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Cittapalo | 04-02-2012

September 13, 2018

Ajahn Cittapalo guides an intermeditate/ advanced meditation class for approximately one hour. Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, Perth, Western Australia. 

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