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Ajahn Santutthi | The Foolish Bhikkhu | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Santutthi | The Foolish Bhikkhu | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

August 5, 2020

Monday 07th May 2018

 

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Ajahn Santutthi.

 

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Ajahn Santutthi | The Fear Of A Fool | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Santutthi | The Fear Of A Fool | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

July 29, 2020
Monday 30th April 2018

 

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Ajahn Santutthi.

 

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Venerable Cunda | Meditation With Body Scan | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Cunda | Meditation With Body Scan | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

July 22, 2020

Monday 10th December 2018

 

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Cunda.

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Venerable Kassapa | Six Senses | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | Six Senses | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

July 15, 2020

Monday 21st May 2018

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Kassapa.

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Venerable Kassapa | The Wise Man | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | The Wise Man | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

July 8, 2020

Monday 28th May 2018

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Kassapa.

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Venerable Kassapa | Good Friends | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | Good Friends | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

July 1, 2020

June 6th 2018

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Kassapa.

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Venerable Kassapa | Spiritual Facalties | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | Spiritual Facalties | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

June 24, 2020
July 16, 2020

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Kassapa.

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Venerable Kassapa | Soft Like Clouds | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | Soft Like Clouds | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

June 17, 2020

23th July 2018

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram with Venerable Kassapa.

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Venerable Radha | Tame Your Mind | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Radha | Tame Your Mind | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

June 14, 2020

June 18, 2018

Monday night meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Venerable Radha on the 18th June 2018.

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Ajahn Appichato | Meditation, A Simple Practice | The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Appichato | Meditation, A Simple Practice | The Armadale Meditation Group

April 3, 2020

Ajahn Appi begins by describing meditation as a process of enquiry many of us use to turn inward. In doing this we can increase our resistance to the habit of anger, anxiety and despair. Given the troubled times the world now finds it's self in, such practice is needed in us all. Ajahn continues to describe the practice of meditation before leading the group in a guided meditation.

After meditation Ajahn opened to questions from the audience.

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Ajahn Jhanarato | Meditate In A Marketplace | Monday Night Meditation

Ajahn Jhanarato | Meditate In A Marketplace | Monday Night Meditation

April 3, 2020

March 2020

Ajahn Jhanarato talks to us tonight about our ability to meditate when the environment around us is noisy or less than ideal. Ajahn refers back to occasions in his own experience where noise was very much present. Ajahn equates this to our minds after a busy normal day. Our minds tend to be like a market place or even a snow globe. All we need do is sit and allow our minds to settle. Using this settling time to also adjust and relax our bodies, gives rise to our mind clearing, settling, leading to a much better more relaxed meditation.

Ajahn then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation encouraging us all to leave the busy day behind and just allow our mind to settle, becoming peacefully relaxed.

After meditation Ajahn opened to questions before continuing his talk.

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Ajahn Santutthi | Escape The World | Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Santutthi | Escape The World | Armadale Meditation Group

March 5, 2020

Ajahn Santutthi began the evening by asking us to use our free time during the day to meditate. Rather than social media or other activities. Ajahn suggests that rather than using our free time to do social media, we meditate and focus inward. If we focus our energy inward rather than outward we soon learn to cultivate the peace and quiet that is there for all of us. Leaving the world behind and turning inward, even for a short time, will allow us to become outwardly peaceful and quiet.

Ajahn then guided us in meditation asking us to get away from life by turning inward and watching our inner world rather than focusing on external things. When thoughts arise that seem to want to distract us from peace and stillness, just let them go. Watch them rather than engaging with them. Ajahn also asks us to look for the reward in our practice, the peace, the stillness. Over time this will increase. So rather than spending money to escape the world, we can turn inwards to find peace and stillness.

After meditation Ajahn touches briefly on the hindrances that plague most of us when we first begin to meditate. Ajahn then opened to questions before continuing to talk on meditation in general.

 

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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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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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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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Venerable Cunda | Meditation, Calm Thoughts | The Armadale Meditation Group

Venerable Cunda | Meditation, Calm Thoughts | The Armadale Meditation Group

February 13, 2020

This is Venerable Cunda's second visit this year to the Armadale Meditation Group. Venerable spoke tonight of our modern world, our busy lives and our constant contact with technology. The result of such activity is a monkey mind. We need to relax more, meditation is a very good way to do just that and let our busy lives go, if only for a brief period.

Venerable lead the group in a 30 minute meditation. Venerable likes to commence his meditation with a body sweep commencing with the face and working to the feet. Venerable reminds us to use our bodies as an anchor for our focus. This meditation is well suited to both experienced and new meditators alike.

After meditation, Venerable encouraged us to sit quietly for a few moments and carry the relaxed mind and boby as long as we could. Venerable then opened briefly to questions.

 

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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 Jhanarato | Metta, Loving Kindness | The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Jhanarato | Metta, Loving Kindness | The Armadale Meditation Group

February 13, 2020

Ajahn Jhanarato based tonight's meditation on Metta and Loving Kindness. In his opening talk Ajahn also asks us to remember to be kind and loving to ourselves, give ourselves Metta. It is often difficult to be kind and loving to ourselves. Especially in western societies. Whilst we find it easy to think well of others, we all to often are less than kind to ourselves. We hold onto the past and we worry about the future. This is not being very kind nor loving to ourselves. We need to let it go.

Ajahn then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focused on Metta.

After meditation Ajahn opened to Q&A.  In answering a question he has been recently asked, “what is the most valuable lesson he has learned since becoming a monk”. Ajahn's answer was contentment.

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Ajahn Santutthi | The Practise Of Meditation | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Ajahn Santutthi | The Practise Of Meditation | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

February 12, 2020

February 2020

Ajahn Santutthi talked to us about being a Buddhist monk in the modern world and how it helps to cope with the stresses that come with our modern world. Meditation, over time, allows our monks and us, to leave these stresses behind. If only for a short time, just to allow our minds to relax and quieten.

Ajahn then guided us in a thirty minute meditation well suited to all by encouraging us to simply relax. Make ourselves comfortable and detach from our hectic lives.

After meditation Ajahn opened to questions and further encouraged us to be kind to our minds. Don't make meditation a job, chore or task. Just allow your mind to be your mind and relax.

 

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Ajahn Brahmavamso | Nature Therapy | The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Brahmavamso | Nature Therapy | The Armadale Meditation Group

February 1, 2020

Ajahn Brahm arrived at Club Med early to the surprise and delight of us all.

Ajahn then explained to us that using nature, specifically a place of peace and beauty, helps us to shift our focus, relax both body and mind. The problems we face day to day don't seem quite as extreme when we face them relaxed.

Ajahn then related his recollection of the fires that destroyed Bodhinyana Monastery in the 1990's. Being Buddhist as he is, Ajahn realises that nothing is really permanent. So being upset and distraught about the monastery being destroyed would only affect him in a personal way. It wouldn't bring the monastery back nor rebuild it. Ajahn asks us to consider and realise that meditation can help us be content and easily satisfied.

Ajahn then guided the group through a body scan, within our own minds silently asking each area of our body, how it feels. When our bodies are “relaxed to the max”, it is much easier to relax the mind. Ajahn then moved us toward noticing our breathing, not controlling, just noticing. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced meditators alike.

After the guided meditation, Ajahn as always, uses his life experience and humour interspersed with jokes to convey his message.

 

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