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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December 2019

Ajahn Santutthi related a simile by the Buddha about mangoes. Rather than picking the fruit, the Buddha patiently waited for the fruit to fall. Ajahn encourages us all to do the same regards our meditation practise, be patient and wait for the deeper states to occur naturally.

Ajahn then guided us in a thirty minute meditation well suited to all. Ajahn then related Buddha's earlier practise of meditation when he was trying many different techniques in his effort to find the best meditation.

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According to the Suttas, a corrupt leader can corrupt the whole society. Ajahn Brahmali discusses the importance of voting for moral leaders and for having compassion towards politicians. Ajahn reminds us that our world is never going to be perfect, so we shouldn't become upset over political issues. Instead we should focus our attention on being generous and kind.

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How was your 2019? Ajahn Brahm encourages you to reflect on the good parts of 2019, and welcome 2020 with optimism, kindness, and generosity. At the end, Ajahn guides a 10 minute meditation followed by a chant of blessings by the monks.

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Ajahn Hasapanna explains how our thoughts form our habits. We can stop forming bad habits and instead develop wholesome habits by being aware of the present moment.

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Don't be discouraged if you’re not enlightened yet. Ajahn Santutthi says it’s a long journey and encourages us to continue with our Buddhist practice because this will bring about many positive changes in our lives and eventually we will reach Enlightenment.

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Ajahn Cittapalo asks us to consider the Metta Sutta and it's wording. Ajahn reminds us that the Metta Sutta is something to aspire to. How-ever, when we meditate we should focus our attention on just one person, ourselves. Make number one happy, then more often than not, those around us will be happy too. Ajahn reminds us that we should put our own mind first in meditation. If we are calm and happy, it will be easier, more pleasant to wish others well.

Ajahn then guided the group in meditation well suited to beginners and experienced alike and a pleasure to do. Ajahn asks us to be kind to ourselves first before considering others. To simply allow thoughts to come, to go and not apply any pressure to our mind. Just let it progress.

After the meditation, Ajahn continued his talk on the Metta Sutta asking us to bare in mind that it is a translation, not a set of instructions.

 

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December 2019

Ajahn Santutthi suggests we use our meditation to get off the treadmill that we often feel we are on in life and just relax in meditation. Ajahn further suggests we give ourselves the opportunity to relax, to forget about the past, not dream of the future and just relax in the present moment.

Ajahn the guided us in a thirty minute meditation well suited to all before reminding us that nothing lasts for-ever.

 

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Ajahn Brahm explains the benefits of meditating, such as how it can heal your body and recharge your mind. Ajahn also talked about how meditating at the time of his final university exams, really helped him to prepare for and pass his exams.

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April 2018

Recorded at Wat Dhammayanaram.

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Talk by Ajahn Brahm. Date unknown, but it was not given after 2016. 

Teaching retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ojt71nPnOU&feature=youtu.be (YouTube Channel: Pháp Hiếu)

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Venerable Bodhidhaja doesn't get to Club Med often, certainly not as often as we'd like. How-ever, when he does it's always to an audience that greatly appreciates the session.

Venerable commenced with an explanation with comparisons, of the Four Noble Truths. Rather than quote the sutta, Venerable termed them in a manor more easily understood by us all and relating to our meditation practice. The focus of his talk is in letting go during meditation, something we all struggle with to one degree or another.

After the introduction Venerable lead the group in meditation for slightly longer than usual and in a method not seen by the majority of us. Venerable asked us to imagine that we were slowly filling with warm, comforting water. Commencing with our feet and working slowly to the top of our heads. An interesting meditation that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Venerable talked on gratitude, a subject well needed at this time of year and very much a part of a monks life. Venerable suggested the following to assist us;

Reflecting on the good during every long trip [commuting to work].
Gratitude countdown from 10 to 0 or ABC.
A gratitude jar or journal
Acknowledgement [in conversation, sms or e-mail]
Reflecting with gratitude before bed, upon waking and when commuting.

As is usual with Venerable he included references that are on-line and open to all of us;

In A Nutshell [Kurzgesagt] – An antidote to dissatisfaction.

A Grateful Day – Brother David Steindl-Rast.

The Virtue Project

Share Tree App & Character Cards

Venerable then opened to Q&A.

 

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Ajahn Brahm discusses how blaming others is counterproductive. Ajahn explains what to do when you’re blamed and how to nurture the good parts of others by giving praise (i.e. positive feedback), rather than noticing and criticising their bad traits.

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April 2018

Recorded at Wat Dhammayanaram.

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Date of teaching is unknown, but it was not given after 2016. Teaching retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKRGH9mLLJ0&feature=youtu.be (YouTube Channel: Pháp Hiếu)

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2nd December 2019

Ajahn Santutthi recently rode a bus to Albany. The trip took 5 hours. Whilst he managed the trip by meditating he recognised that for many of us learning to meditate, that it at times seems an endless and boring trip. Ajahn encourages us to add value to our meditation by thinking of something that makes us happy. Or brings to mind an enjoyable moment in our lives before we commence meditation. By doing this the trip seems less of a drag, a lot more pleasant and not so long a trip.

Ajahn then lead the group in a slightly longer than usual meditation. After meditation Ajahn opened to Q&A before continuing his talk on his recent trip to Albany.

This meditation is well suited to intermediate and experienced.

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Ajahn Brahmali discusses how to contemplate on the Dhamma. Ajahn suggests we focus on a simple contemplation like finding appreciations in our daily life, because this will really help our spiritual development.

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Monday Night Meditation July 2018 with Venerable Radha.

Recorded at Dhammayanaram Monastery, home of the Cambodian Society of WA.

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