Buddhist Society of Western Australia

Ajahn Brahm’s One Day Meditation Retreat in Toronto 2014 | (1 of 4) Instructions on Meditation

October 7, 2018

Recording from Ajahn Brahm’s One-Day Meditation Retreat on the 18th of October 2014 at the Halton Peel Buddhist Society, Mississauga, Ontario Canada. 

This first talk is an introduction to meditation with an emphasis on the initial preparation. The second recording, ‘The Symbol of the Lotus Flower’, expands on the topic of meditation. The third recording is questions and answers. The fourth recording is a Dhamma talk on ‘What is Right Livelihood.’ 

Some highlights of Ajahn's teachings:
1. The heart of the Teachings is the same attitude towards meditation and life.
2. Samatha and Vipassana are both sides of the same coin. Ajahn tells the story of Sam and Vi up Meditation Mountain, with their dog Metta.
3. The two different types of meditation are Second Noble Truth (craving leads to suffering) meditation and Third Noble Truth (letting go of desire leads to stillness of the mind) meditation. "If you're suffering during meditation, you're wanting something." "We meditate to let go, not to attain something."

Teaching retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMF9LRKQg8g (YouTube Channel: urbanbuddhistmonk)

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