Once, when Ajahn Brahm was young, he got lost in the wilderness of England. He eventually found his way out by following a stream downhill. If you are feeling lost in your meditation practice, Ajahn Brahm encourages you to follow your emotion of peace and happiness. Ajahn teaches us that peace and happiness is the direction of progress.

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Each year we are blessed with a visit and teaching by Bhante Nissarano. Bhante is based in Sri Lanka, visiting his home city of Perth once every year or two. On such visits, Bhante is usually in high demand, so we at AMG are very grateful for his time.

Bhante started the night by encouraging us to make our bodies physically comfortable first. If our body isn't comfortable our mind will not relax, let alone get comfortable. Bhante continues to encourage us to do our physical exercise first and then to work with our minds to further relax the body. Only after we are relaxed and comfortable can we then move onto relaxing the mind. For some the breath is neither exciting nor important enough for us to use as a meditation object. Bhante suggests that we encourage our minds to be positive and use "giving" to bring our emotions to a positive position. Bhante encourages us to find a positive mind state as a habit, not just for our meditation but our daily lives.

Bhante then guided the group through a 30 minute meditation suited to all, beginners to experienced alike.

After the meditation Bhante opened the floor to "comments, questions or complaints". Bhante then related an occasion when he did get a complaint from a meditator. Bhante used this example to encourage us to look at why this has happened. Once we identify the reason we can then deal with it and move onto thoughts and emotions that help us enjoy our lives.

 

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Ajahn Nissarano guides a meditation session. First 30 minutes of the session was not recorded so this audio  track starts midway through the session.

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Ajahn Brahmali firstly describes what meditation is all about, nothing weird, nothing too complicated.  Ajahn encourages us to watch what is happening in our own mind as we meditate to see what we are thinking about.  This will allow us to establish what we personally prioritise in our lives.  We will often find that the things we personally prioritise such as work, hobbies and our terrible boss, are the things hindering our meditation.  By identifying what is actually distracting us, what we have unknowingly made our first priority, we can shift our thinking to things that will improve our entire lives.  Compassion for ourselves and our families.

Ajahn then guided us in a 30 minute meditation well suited to beginners and the more experienced of us [everyone
benefits from a refresher now and then].

After the meditation Ajahn continued the talk of the need for us all to have a long-term investment in meditation and our inner world. He said how important it is that we care for and develop our inner reactions to the world rather than spending so much time trying to collect possessions, change the world or grumble about the things we cannot change.

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Whenever we meditate there are disturbances. Ajahn Brahm teaches us that we shouldn't give them importance and eventually they will disappear.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn uses humour, jokes, funny stories and common sense to teach us how to meditate.  We forget that being physically comfortable is very important to a good meditation.  If we are physically uncomfortable it is difficult to be mentally comfortable, we can't focus.  Talk to your body, ask it if it is comfortable, fidget, squirm, cough but get comfortable.  Then move on to relaxing mentally.  Leave your heavy past in the past, forget your concerns about your future and just live in the moment.

Focus your attention on your breath and breath in "peace", out "let go".

After the guided meditation, Ajahn talks about mental health as well as general health and the benefits of meditation.

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Ajahn Santutthi says that meditation is like marinating an olive. It takes time for the olives to become delicious. In the same way, it takes time and patience for our mind to settle down.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Bhante begins with an explanation of present moment awareness.  Reminding all of us of those moments we all have in our lives that we can clearly remember in detail.  Where we were, who we were with, what was happening at that moment in time.  We often reflect to such moments when we hear a song or tune.  At the time you first heard the song or tune, you experienced present moment awareness.  Bhante explains why we need such awareness to meditate.

Bhante then guided the group in a 30min meditation using the breath as our meditation object, or point of focus.

Briefly after the meditation, Bhante opened to Q&A before giving us a talk on the things that will hinder [hinderances], our meditation practice.

 

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Ajahn Brahmali offers powerful advice on how we can deepen our meditation with right view. Ajahn explains that our ideas about the future are not real & unrealistic and so we should not bother thinking about the future in meditation. Instead focus on finding peace in the present moment. 

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Ajahn began with base instructions on how and why we meditate, keeping it nice and simple for the beginners and the more experienced alike.  A  refresher never hurts.  Ajahn then led the full house through a 30 minute guided meditation.

“Nothing to do. Cars going by, clock ticking, body breathing. Nothing to do.  We don't need to do anything, just be a friendly observer.”  Ajahn Cittapalo :-)

After the meditation Ajahn offered this advice to beginners:- Don't make it a chore or a burden, make it a pleasant, easy for you, experience.  If you aren't enjoying it, shorten the time.  Gradually extend your meditation time, don't make it a job.

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Sometimes in meditation we can get restless and start thinking. Ajahn Brahm says that this is our mind's reaction to pain and discomfort. Ajahn encourages us to be kind and gentle to our discomforts and sooner or later the pain tends to disappear.

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The first beginners meditation for 2018 and our teacher is Ajahn Santutthi.  For the benefit of first timers and those of us beginning in meditation, Ajahn Santutthi gave us an excellent layman’s explanation of meditation.  Ajahn then guided us through a 30 minute meditation followed by Q&A.

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One of the biggest problems in meditation practice that almost everyone encounters is the thinking mind. The Buddha says that the foundations for all meditation are virtue and "straight view". Ajahn Brahmali teaches us how to have a "straight view" and calm our mind.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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This is Ajahn Brahm's last guided meditation for 2017. Ajahn guides the meditation for approximately 40 minutes and then finishes with some chanting for the New Year. 

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It's easy to sit and watch a movie or a football game for 45 minutes, but it's not quite the same when we're meditating. Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to stay in the present moment and have a powerful meditation. Ajahn explains how to keep our awareness in the "center of screen", and how to "open the lotus flower" with kindness.

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