"When anything was a difficulty for me, Ajahn Chah (Ajahn Brahm's teacher) would always ask me to regard that as my teacher", says Ajahn Brahm and encourages us to learn and grow from the difficult aspects of our life

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Ajahn Nissarano explains how to cope with fear and anxiety by developing our mind.

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Ajahn Brahmali explains how Buddhism views consciousness, the negative impacts of having a materialistic outlook and why it is important to develop our spiritual qualities.

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We apologise for the audio quality. Ajahn Brahm reminds us that everything will eventually pass, even turmoils, and explains the importance of being peaceful in stressful situations.

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Ajahn Brahm discusses the benefits of having a zero ego, such as being able to easily connect with other people and not getting angry.

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“Though touched by worldly circumstances, never the mind is wavering.” Ayye Vayama advising on how to keep the balance of ones mind through the ups and downs of life.

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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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February 2020

Ajahn Santutthi reminded us that often things within our minds are beyond our control. Thoughts arise and thoughts go. It is often when we look at our thoughts that we become tangled, engaged in them. Chaos. With time or rather, over time we learn to notice such thoughts and simply let them pass. Don't engage, just let them go. Let the mind slow down and just be in the moment. No focusing on the past nor the future. Just be in the moment.

Ajahn then guided us in a thirty minute meditation encouraging us to allow our minds to become settled and peaceful. Ajahn reminded us that within each of us this mind state exists and can only be found within us.

After meditation Ajahn opened to questions.

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What is the meaning of life? Ajahn Brahm answers that the meaning of life is the meaning that you give it, the relationship that you have with all the things in your life. Ajahn suggests you can live a meaningful life by living with kindness and wisdom.

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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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Ajahn Brahm teaches how to live our life without anger. Ajahn explains that when we own something, we want to control it, and when things don't go the way we want, we get angry or disappointed. So we should remind ourselves that things are impermanent and try not so hard to control it.

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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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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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What does it mean to have an identity and how does it relate to Buddhist teachings? Ajahn Brahmali explains how identities can be a problem and suggests that we identify with qualities that bring peace and harmony among people instead of holding onto identities that divide us.

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Ajahn Brahm tells his experience of how fear turned a mouse into a tiger and explains why we shouldn't be so anxious about our future.

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Ajahn Brahm explains how serving others is a win-win situation for everyone. In addition to the joy and energy that comes from helping others, you also experience the peace that comes from being selfless which can take you to deep meditation.

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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 Hasapanna explains how you can find balance in many aspects of your life. Ajahn explains that to find balance, you need to develop wisdom, to develop wisdom you need clarity and to increase clarity of your mind Ajahn encourages you practice the Middle way and the Eightfold path taught by the Buddha.

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January 2020

Ajahn Jhanarato spoke on anicca [impermanence], an apt subject given the current situation here in Australia. Ajahn spoke on this subject, not to say that we should not be concerned about the climate, but more to point out that it may not affect us and that it keeps us from the present moment. Not thinking of a possible future that may not occur, nor dwelling in the past that may disturb. Ajahn read a sutta from “In The Buddha's Words” by Bhikkhu Bodhi that covers the subject very well.

Ajahn lead the group in a 30 minute relaxing meditation reminding us to not dwell in the past nor become anxious about the future. This meditation is well suited to beginners and experienced a like.

After meditation Ajahn opened to Q&A before continuing to speak on a variety of subjects.

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Ajahn Brahmali talks about whether or not Buddhism is a religion and describes how Buddhism is actually more similar to science and psychology, than it is to being a religion.

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