Buddhist Society of Western Australia
No One Who Lives in Error is Free | Behram Ghista | 6 September 2019

No One Who Lives in Error is Free | Behram Ghista | 6 September 2019

September 17, 2019

We are delighted to have guest speaker Behram Ghista during the rains retreat for 2019. Behram is is an international meditation teacher from India. He is fondly called "Master B" by his students because of his mastery in imparting the Buddhist teachings in a light and playful manner. Behram Ghista talks about the four errors we must avoid in order to train our mind to live in harmony with life. To find out more about Behram Ghista visit: http://www.innermasterynow.net/
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Mark Simpson | Yoga and Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

Mark Simpson | Yoga and Buddhism | The Armadale Meditation Group

September 12, 2019

Week eight of the Rains season and this week we had Mark Simpson. Mark is a yoga teacher, writer, holistic health coach and facilitator. His work integrates postures, breathing practices, meditation and philosophy. He is interested in mindfulness and meditation practices and draws on them both in his own personal life and to help others observe and care for their bodies and minds. He has also attended retreats at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village including a retreat focused on Compassionate Leadership.

Mark then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focusing on the breath and being kind to our bodies. This meditation is well suited to both beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Mark continues his talk on the common areas with Buddhism and Yoga. Towards the end of the evening Mark opened to questions.

For further information on Mark, Yoga and Buddhism, please visit his website.

 

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Doctors for the Environment | Richard Yin | 30 August 2019

Doctors for the Environment | Richard Yin | 30 August 2019

September 5, 2019

Guest speaker Richard Yin gives a talk at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat.

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Community Night | 16 August 2019

Community Night | 16 August 2019

September 4, 2019

Guest speakers Kenzie Dann, Tamkin Essa and Zal Kanga-Parabia offer a talk at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat. Three young guest speakers, pursuing three different vocations, but all having a powerful positive impact in our society.Kenzie Dann is a Nyul Nyul/ Banjima man from Broome. He has many years of lived experience working with youth. His current focus and passion is within the corrective services area where he has been delivering mentoring programs for 4 years, combing culture and therapeutic approaches.

Tamkin Essa is an aspiring young journalist born in Afghanistan and raised in Perth. She is on the Youth Affairs Council of WA where she advocates for young multicultural people through planning state youth summits, helping to nurture future young leaders.

Zal Kanga-Parabia is a multi-disciplinary artist from Perth. He was the West Australian of the year 2018 finalist in the youth category, creative co-ordinator at Propel Youth Arts WA, and currently involved in many community projects including Moonboorli (Beyond) for National Science Week.

Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat.  

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Rob Hendry | Living Buddha Living Christ | The Armadale Meditation Group

Rob Hendry | Living Buddha Living Christ | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 27, 2019

Week six of the Rains season and this week we had Rob Hendry. Rob is a recent convert to meditation and an Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) regular. Rob grew up entrenched within Christianity and has a Bachelors’ Degree in Theology. He has preached regularly in Christian churches, and turned to meditation during last year’s AMG Rains schedule as a way to deal with both stress, pain and illness. He was quickly converted to the trans-formative power of meditation and is eager to share its benefits with others. Rob’s talk this evening focused on his interest in the areas of commonality between Buddhism and Christianity.

Rob then lead the group in a thirty minute meditation focusing on the breath and simplicity. This meditation is well suited to both beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Rob continued his talk on the common areas with Buddhism and Christianity. Towards the end of the evening Rob opened to questions.

 

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Talk by Archbishop Kay | 2 August 2019

Talk by Archbishop Kay | 2 August 2019

August 19, 2019

Have you heard about the time when an Archbishop walked into a Buddhist Centre? Find out what happens. Archbishop Kay is the first female Archbishop in the world, Order of Australia recipient 2017 and a marriage celebrant.

Recorded at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre, during the 2019 Rains Retreat.  

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Kathryn Choules | Equanimity or Upekkhà | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | Equanimity or Upekkhà | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 14, 2019

Kathryn’s fourth and final session for the rains period of 2019, her chosen subject, Equanimity or Upekkhà. Kathryn started the session by giving us a formal definition of equanimity and then providing real world examples.

Upekkhà is the Buddhist concept of equanimity. As one of the Brahma Vihara (meditative states), it is a pure mental state cultivated on the Buddhist path to nirvāna.

Equanimity is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. The virtue and value of equanimity is extolled and advocated by a number of major religions and ancient philosophies.

Equanimity is something many of us tend to not recognise and to have difficulty in achieving. This occurs often for those of us dealing with suffering of family, friends or even peoples of the world. We become trapped within our emotions.

Kathryn then lead the group in meditation with equanimity as the focus. The meditation and subject is perhaps best suited to intermediate and advanced meditators.

After meditation Kathryn continued her talk on equanimity and opened to questions. Kathryn also answered questions she had not had time to answer in previous weeks. One of the last questions asked of Kathryn was “how long should we meditate for”. Kathryn’s answer was “do what-ever you’ll do”. So we should be happy with any length of meditation that we can achieve at that time.

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Kathryn Choules | The 3 Forms of Compassion | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | The 3 Forms of Compassion | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 9, 2019

This is Kathryn’s third of four sessions at AMG during the 2019 Rains Retreat period. Tonight's subject is compassion, specifically in 3 forms. Kathryn describes how we may feel compassion for someone that is suffering. How we may receive compassion because we are suffering. Finally, we may feel compassion toward ourselves. Kathryn continued by giving examples of the each form of compassion. Before meditation and to conclude her talk, Kathryn asked the audience to form a circle of sorts around the room. She then asked us all a series of questions and to raise our hands if we felt the answer applied to us as an individual. It was not surprising to find that nearly all present answered in the affirmative to the questions. We all need to practice both sending compassion and receiving compassion in our lives to help us deal with the stuff of life.

Kathryn then lead the group in meditation with compassion as our focus. The meditation is perhaps best suited to intermediate and advanced meditators.

After meditation Kathryn continued her talk on compassion and opened to question. At the close Kathryn suggested the following titles for those of us interested in furthering their study of compassion.

Mindful Compassion by Paul Gilbert
Compassion: Concepts, Research and Application edited by Paul Gilbert

 

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Aboriginal Stories and Community Canvas | Shaun Nannup | 19 July 2019

Aboriginal Stories and Community Canvas | Shaun Nannup | 19 July 2019

August 7, 2019

Well loved and respected Aboriginal Whadjuk Noongar leader, Shaun Nannup, shares with us cultural stories while talented Whadjuk artist, Julianne Wade, helps us create a community canvas. Some parts may not be audible because Shaun walks around the room at times without a microphone.

'Our Stories' is the theme for this year's series of guest talks organised by the Buddhist Society of WA. Each year, the society hosts guest speakers while their monks and nuns are away on an extended retreat to deepen their own practice. So over the course of the next three months, you will get the chance to hear from a variety of people who will share with us their journeys. From Aboriginal spirituality to the environment, from inspiring young people to leaders of various faiths, we have something for everyone.

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Kathryn Choules | Working With a Judgemental Mind | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | Working With a Judgemental Mind | The Armadale Meditation Group

August 2, 2019

This is Kathryn’s second of four sessions at AMG. The subject, or rather object of meditation is our habit of judging others, situations and circumstances. We often get it wrong and this moves us more toward reaction instead of a softer response. Reaction and often over reaction, releases chemicals into our systems that are not needed in most situations and not beneficial to our current situation. To avoid this we need to step back mentally and be mindful instead.

Kathryn then lead the group in meditation asking us to notice everything. The trucks on the highway and all other small sounds. Then to look at our thoughts, are they a suitable response, or an over-reaction? Gradually we learn to simply be mindful that those sounds are there and let them go along with the negative thoughts.

After meditation Kathryn continued her talk on “Working With a Judgemental Mind”. Kathryn also takes questions. In closing the night Kathryn mentions a number of books that she recommends for those who may further wish to explore the deeper functions within our minds.

The first title is - Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
The second title is - The Invisible Gorilla co-authored by
Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
The third title is - Mistakes Were Made But Not by Me
co-authored by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

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Kathryn Choules | Mindfulness, Reactivity To Response | The Armadale Meditation Group

Kathryn Choules | Mindfulness, Reactivity To Response | The Armadale Meditation Group

July 24, 2019

Kathryn's first of four weeks at AMG. Kathryn began meditating over 25 years ago at the Armadale group (AMG). She is the founder of “Mind and Movement”, a leading provider of mindfulness programs for individuals and organisations and is a certified teacher of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” (MBSR) and recognised as a Senior Teacher by the Meditation Association of Australia.

We humans have a tendency to react rather than respond to all manner of situations, both internal and external. Kathryn explains why this occurs and how best to retrain the mind to respond rather than react. When we react to stimuli, both internal and external, a chemical is generated and released within our bodies. Kathryn details ways of shortening the time it takes for us to return from those situations that cause us to remain in that stressed state of mind. Mindfully being aware that it is happening will allow us to return to normal in a shorter period of time or, at the very least, shorten the time it takes for those chemicals to dissipate.

Kathryn then guided the group in meditation asking us to observe what occurs and how we react to it. Be it to a small sound or part of our body, how we react is what matters. This meditation is a smidge over 30 minutes and suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

After meditation Kathryn continued her discussion and talk on our reactions to the sensations we felt during the meditation with a focus on what we noticed or became aware of and not over-reacting.

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Ajahns Santutthi, Jhanarato, Sukhakamo | The Last Guided Meditation Before Rains 2019 | Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahns Santutthi, Jhanarato, Sukhakamo | The Last Guided Meditation Before Rains 2019 | Armadale Meditation Group

July 17, 2019

The Armadale Meditation Group was privileged this evening to have three monks visit us for the last meditation session prior to the annual rains retreat. Ajahns Santutthi, Jhanarato and Sukhakamo from the Cambodian forest monastery, Wat Dhammayanaram in Kelmscott, joined us for what was an interesting evening. Ajahn Santutthi started the evening with an introduction of all three monks, a brief talk, then passed onto Ajahn Jhanarato to lead the meditation.

The meditation being lead by Ajahn JR was simply to relax and do nothing. Our minds have so many thoughts happening that it is like the snow globe after shaking. Ajahn asked us to simply allow our minds to settle, just as with a snow globe, so that we may see the thoughts more clearly and just let them pass.

After the meditation, all three monks were happy to answer any and all questions relating to monks, meditation and the Dharma.

 

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The Nature of Reality | Venerable Kelsang Nampur

The Nature of Reality | Venerable Kelsang Nampur

July 14, 2019

Guest speaker Venerable Kelsang Nampur discusses the nature of reality. Talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 10 October 2008.

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Greed | Venerable Thubten Drolma

Greed | Venerable Thubten Drolma

July 7, 2019

Guest speaker Venerable Thubten Drolma talks about greed and anger. Dhamma talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 15 August 2008.

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Never Mind | Venerable Chi Kwan Sunim

Never Mind | Venerable Chi Kwan Sunim

June 30, 2019

Guest speaker Venerable Chi Kwan Sunim discusses doubt in our mind. Talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 12 September 2008.

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Sharing and Caring | Venerable Hue Can

Sharing and Caring | Venerable Hue Can

June 23, 2019

Guest Speaker Venerable Hue Can from the Mahayana Tradition shares her wisdom on how to share and care selflessly without hidden agendas and the importance and benefits of sharing our merits with all beings. Venerable points out that Buddhism is to be practiced, that is we must apply what we learn. More specifically Buddhist practise is correcting and dropping our bad habits and following, keeping and practicing the good habits. Talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre.

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Chenrezig Meditation and Talk | Dr Waite

Chenrezig Meditation and Talk | Dr Waite

June 16, 2019

A guided Chenrezig meditation and talk by guest speaker Mana Waite given at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre in Perth, Western Australia on the 17 August 2007. Dr. Waite is a meditation teacher from the Tibetan (Vajrayana) Karma Kagyu tradition. He operates Open Mind Meditation School: www.openmindmeditation.com.au

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Noble Eightfold Path | Venerable Fa Xun

Noble Eightfold Path | Venerable Fa Xun

June 16, 2019

Guest speaker Venerable Fa Xun describes how the Buddha has provided us with a practical way to end all suffering and to make our life more meaningful and happy. The way to end all suffering is through the Noble Eightfold Path. Talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 18 July 2008.

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Living with Joy | Venerable Hue Can

Living with Joy | Venerable Hue Can

June 9, 2019

Guest speaker Venerable Hue Can teaches how to have a joyful life through the practice of Buddhism. Dhamma talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 5th of September 2008.

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Dharma in Daily Life | Glenda Lee

Dharma in Daily Life | Glenda Lee

June 9, 2019

Guest speaker Glenda Lee shares her experience about how to practice the Dharma in our daily life. Dhamma talk given during the rains retreat at Dhammaloka City Centre on the 3 October 2008.

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