Each year we are blessed with a visit and teaching by Bhante Nissarano. Bhante is based in Sri Lanka, visiting his home city of Perth once every year or two. On such visits, Bhante is usually in high demand, so we at AMG are very grateful for his time.

Bhante started the night by encouraging us to make our bodies physically comfortable first. If our body isn't comfortable our mind will not relax, let alone get comfortable. Bhante continues to encourage us to do our physical exercise first and then to work with our minds to further relax the body. Only after we are relaxed and comfortable can we then move onto relaxing the mind. For some the breath is neither exciting nor important enough for us to use as a meditation object. Bhante suggests that we encourage our minds to be positive and use "giving" to bring our emotions to a positive position. Bhante encourages us to find a positive mind state as a habit, not just for our meditation but our daily lives.

Bhante then guided the group through a 30 minute meditation suited to all, beginners to experienced alike.

After the meditation Bhante opened the floor to "comments, questions or complaints". Bhante then related an occasion when he did get a complaint from a meditator. Bhante used this example to encourage us to look at why this has happened. Once we identify the reason we can then deal with it and move onto thoughts and emotions that help us enjoy our lives.

 

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Ajahn Nissarano guides a meditation session. First 30 minutes of the session was not recorded so this audio  track starts midway through the session.

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What sort of world do you want to live in? Ajahn Nissarano teaches us how our ethical behavior affects our world.

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Ajahn Nissarano completes his talk on the values and attitudes that lead to happiness and success.

This talk was arranged by Ajahn Brahm Society Sri Lanka and recorded by Dharmavahini Foundation, Sri Lanka.

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Ajahn Nissarano is a Western Australian monk who ordained with Ajahn Brahm in the 1990s. In this talk and guided meditation he gives advice on how to develop values and attitudes that lead to happiness and success.

This talk was arranged by Ajahn Brahm Society Sri Lanka and recorded by Dharmavahini Foundation, Sri Lanka.

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This talk and guided meditation addresses the role of thinking in meditation and in our daily life, and how we can make peace with thinking in meditation.

This talk was recorded by the Ajahn Brahm Society of Sri Lanka at the Dhammavahini Foundation in Sri Lanka.

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Ajahn Nissarano trained with Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana for many years. He has subsequently spent many years practicing alone in Sri Lanka but was invited to speak to the Ajahn Brahm Society of Sri Lanka.

Arranged by Ajahn Brahm Society Sri Lanka and recorded by Dharmavahini Foundation, Sri Lanka.

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Ajahn Nissarano trained with Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana for many years. He has subsequently spent many years practicing alone in Sri Lanka but was invited to speak to the Ajahn Brahm Society of Sri Lanka.

Arranged by Ajahn Brahm Society Sri Lanka and recorded by Dharmavahini Foundation, Sri Lanka.

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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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