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 Brahm talks about uncertainty in the coming New Year and how Buddhism can help us to have a more peaceful, happy and prosperous New Year. Ajahn explains how Buddhism teaches you to change your attitude towards life and to add beauty and positivity to your perception of life. Ajahn says “you can look and see all of the negative things that happen or you can give a positive spin to it. We can’t change life but we can certainly change our attitude towards life.”

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Ajahn Brahm talks about how to end arguing in relationships, politics, and etceteras.

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Ajahn Appi explains the basics of meditation and why it is beneficial to us all in so many different ways.

Ajahn then led us through a 30 minute beginners meditation.  After meditation, Ajahn talked on dealing with anxiety and stress, suggesting a number of different techniques using meditation to deal with it.

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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 Brahm talks about what happens just before, during and after the dying process, how to approach it and how to enjoy it.

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October 14, 2017

Trust | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Ajahn Brahm gives an insightful talk on trust and its real importance. Ajahn talks about his trust in the moment and advises us to give trust freely to others and to accept when sometimes that trust is broken. Ajahn encourages us to trust ourselves and our abilities, especially in the spiritual path, because doing this gives us the confidence to give things a go and to develop and learn.

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Ajahn Appi tells us to take a minute, just 60 seconds, to think of all the goods things in
life and then to use a simple mantra to reinforce that thought.

Ajahn then led us through a 30 minute beginners meditation.  After meditation, Ajahn talked on dealing with modern life and the stress that comes with it.

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In this talk, Ajahn Brahm uses practical examples to guide us through dealing with difficult situations in life. He ended the talk with the main message of doing it is easy, thinking about it is the hard part and this is energy draining.

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Irritation is part of life. How you deal with it, is what matters. Ajahn Brahm introduces several techniques to help deal with it, including positive reinforcement, the similes of the empty trash can and Ajahn Mosquito.

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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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On the occasion of the passing of both former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser and former Singaporean PM Lee Kuan Yew, Ajahn Brahm talks about the qualities of a good leader from a Buddhist perspective.

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Ajahn Sidhar Susara is a guest speaker at Dhammaloka during the rains retreat. In his final talk, he teaches about gaining freedom.

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Ajahn Brahm talks about how to be assertive, hissing but not biting, as in the classic story of the bad snake. Ajahn Brahm speaks about about how we need to be passive when meditating, but there are times when we need to be active, looking after ourselves and others and standing up for ourselves in a harmless manner.  

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

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Take some time out with Ajahn Brahm to have a cup of tea and learn dharma - the natural way of things.

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Ajahn Sidhar Susara is a guest speaker at Dhammaloka during the rains retreat. He teaches the importance of stilling the mind.

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Ajahn describes what meditation is like, how wonderful it is and how it brings you insights, wisdom and understandings, but this only happens when you are sitting still and you’re not seeking this. “We can only gain wisdom through the stillness of the mind”. Ajahn also talks about some of the strange things that can happen to us in meditations and what to do. This Buddha Dhamma talk was given by Ajahn Brahm at the World Fellowship of Buddhists Conference (WFB) Sanook Meditation Day in Bangkok, Thailand, during 2007.

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Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist perspective for how to deal with abusive relationships, and how it is we get attached to pain and suffering - as well as how to let go.

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This question and answers session follows the teaching given by Ajahn Brahm in Bangkok, Thailand during 2007, entitled ‘Happiness Through Meditation’.

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