October 22, 2017

Giving | Ajahn Nissarano

Ajahn Nissarano offers a talk on the very important subject of giving and generosity.  Ajahn Nissarano discusses how giving can take both material and non-material forms, such as time, friendship, trust, advice and joy. He advises us to always give with a wholesome intention. Giving is a form of making merit.

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Ajahn Nissarano explains how meditation helps us take the first step to
world peace by developing a positive, calm state of mind. He describes how
we can dissolve the five hindrances or blocks to meditation and reduce
depression, anxiety and anger by developing positive emotions and
gratitude. The results are an increase in satisfaction, contentment and
fulfillment.

He then guides us through a very gentle, peaceful meditation flavoured with
a positive emotion to help give it a warmth and pleasantness which the mind
likes. He starts by encouraging us to prime the meditation by setting a
clear intention, and follows this with a guided relaxing body scan
associated with a warm, kind, grateful attention to the body. Finally, a
mantra of thankfulness and gratitude is used to further calm the mind in a
positive, easy flowing way.

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Ajahn Nissarano uses the perception of kindfulness and of being our own best friend to set up the frame of mind for meditation.

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Two weeks is a long time to wait when someone as anticipated as Ajahn Nissarano is to visit.  It was worth the wait.  Excelent talk, guided beginners meditation and Q&A!!

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A year has past since his last visit and it is a most welcome return of Ajahn Nissarano to AMG.  An excellent introduction, guided beginners meditation and a Q&A session to conclude.  Plus, he'll be back in two weeks, can't wait!

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Two weeks later and Ajahn Nissarano is back.  A guided beginners meditation, wonderful story with a Q&A session.

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The AMG sees Ajahn Nissarano all to infrequently but when he's here, he fills the house.  Ajahn gave us a brilliant guided meditation for beginners and captivating Dharma talk as well as an interesting Q&A after.

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Ajahn Nissarano describes the mantra "be here now" as being like the "coordinates for happiness", but also for developing peace and wisdom. He goes on to offer advice on how, amidst our busy lives, we can learn to "be here now".

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Using the Dhammapada as the source of inspiration, Ajahn Nissarano gives advice on how to keep our mind focused on that which is most important and essential in life, and to put less important upon that which is not essential, and thereby realise the essence of life.

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