Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 26 November 2022

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 26 November 2022

November 29, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali shares a classic meditation technique called ‘The Reflection of the Buddha’. For this meditation we generate gratitude for the Buddha and reflect on compassion, which gives rise to joy.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 25 November 2022

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 25 November 2022

November 28, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately half an hour. 

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The Buddha and Our Buddhist Practice | Ajahn Brahmali | 25 November 2022

The Buddha and Our Buddhist Practice | Ajahn Brahmali | 25 November 2022

November 28, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali reflects on the Buddha and teaches us how to enhance our Buddhist practice.

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Dhammaloka Book Club: ”Simply This Moment” | Venerable Ananda

Dhammaloka Book Club: ”Simply This Moment” | Venerable Ananda

November 26, 2022

 

Venerable Ananda discusses the "Simply this Moment" book by Ajahn Brahm in Dhammaloka Books Club's session on the 12 November 2022.

This book is available from the Dhammaloka Library.

Dhammaloka Book Club is usually held on the second Saturday of every month from 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm, please check the BSWA event page for the latest updates.

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Is Mental Illness a Problem To Be Solved Or An Opportunity To Discover Our Inner World?

Is Mental Illness a Problem To Be Solved Or An Opportunity To Discover Our Inner World?

November 24, 2022

Published with permission of Treasure Mountain Podcast. Please visit Treasure Mountain Podcast, Treasure Mountain website and Treasure Mountain facebook page.

In this episode of Sage Advice we have as our guest, Li-Anne Tang from Perth, Western Australia.

Li-Anne Tang, Ph.D., is an experienced spiritual life coach, guide and mentor. Li-Anne’s life changed dramatically when she found herself in the midst of a dark night of the soul whilst raising her two young children. She searched the world and was fortunate to find wise and compassionate Buddhist meditation masters to guide her on her journey. At that time, she had already explored the depths of Western understanding through a Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Science, Ph.D. in neuropsychiatry and postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her subsequent practice under the tutelage of great meditation masters led her to the first of her spiritual awakenings. Since then, she has studied closely under numerous other masters, who have encouraged her to share her insights through her unique way of connecting with her students.

I hope that this episode of Sage Advice gets listeners to take a fresh look at mental illness from the point of view of spiritual practice, and I hope that this interview with Li-Anne Tang will help some people to stop asking “What’s wrong with me?”, and to start thinking “This difficult mind state I have at this time may be the opportunity I need to learn and to grow”.

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Bhante Sangharatana | The Present Moment | The Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Sangharatana | The Present Moment | The Armadale Meditation Group

November 24, 2022

Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Bhante Sangharatana joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

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Wherever The Wind Blows | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Wherever The Wind Blows | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

November 23, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 31 October 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 19 November 2022

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 19 November 2022

November 22, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali teaches about the importance of Metta (loving kindness) in our Buddhist practice. Metta is one of the four boundless states Buddhists develop. The four boundless states are: Compassion, Loving Kindness or Metta, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity.

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Buddhist Perspective on Relationships | Ajahn Brahmali | 18 November 2022

Buddhist Perspective on Relationships | Ajahn Brahmali | 18 November 2022

November 21, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali reminds us about the impermanent nature of relationships and teaches us how to have good relationships with others. Ajahn also explains the benefits of having positive relationships.

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 18 November 2022

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 18 November 2022

November 21, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately half an hour. 

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Centring on Metta – with Venerable Mettaji

Centring on Metta – with Venerable Mettaji

November 20, 2022

This talk is republished with permission by Metta Centre, teaching retrieved from http://Dhamma Talks – Metta Centre.

Venerable Mettaji will offer a Metta meditation, share his understanding of Metta and answer any questions. 

The Peace Treaty

The Right Way to Criticise Someone

0:00 – Introduction
2:26 – Meditation practice
27:59 – Importance of Metta
32:15 – Metta Sutta
34:10 – Peace Treaty
37:26 – The antidote
39:15 – Problem solving
42:33 – Partners
43:55 – Some stories 
48:39 – Q & A
49:21 – Metta to ‘objects’
56:27 – Conflict at Bodhinyana
1:01:54 – Reasons for ordaining
1:07:08 – Beyond images
1:09:43 – Ajahn Brahm’s marriage ceremonies
1:12:16 – Q: Challenges practising Metta
1:12:38 – Fault-finding
1:14:55 – Self-righteousness
1:18:20 – Ego: friends & threats
1:22:07 – Pride & those who’ve harmed us
1:26:33 – Sleepiness
1:28:55 – Remorse
1:32:27 – Too effective? Wisdom & saying no
1:38:13 – Metta spirit, energy, frequency
1:40:38 – Metta to strangers
1:41:57 – Closing & dedication

About the presenter: Bhikkhu Mettaji believes that he is a very fortunate Bhikkhu to be given the opportunity to ordain late in life at Bodhinyana, which is a very precious and rare gift. His lifelong search for absolute truth started a long time ago in Europe in his teens, but sadly led to lots of cul-de-sacs and dead ends. He is in his mid-60s and believes he only found the real teachings when he touched Theravada Buddhism 10 years ago. Living and studying at Bodhinyana Monastery enabled him to finally find the real teachings. Good people with Metta sustained and nurtured him through the difficult years. His father, as an expression of Metta, often comes to mind and also his children who are young adults now. Isn’t family some of our best teachers too, even when events don’t go too well?

He was fortunate to run into an ex-monk from the Thai Forest tradition in 2009,in Sydney, who had been one of Ajahn Chah’s carers. Soon afterwards he discovered that all the teachings of the Buddha are very honest and thorough, and passed all experiential investigation. There are no loopholes in the Suttas and the Eightfold Path does gradually reduce suffering.

He tried to blend Buddhist practice into a number of senior roles that he had in the Finance and Charity sectors in Sydney but soon realised that colleagues will only practice if they want to! He finds it a blessing to have Ajahn Brahmavamso as his preceptor and access to other marvellous teachers like Ajahn Brahmali, Bhante Sujato and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Such riches! His name, Mettaji comes from a monk in the time of the Buddha and translates as ”Victory through loving kindness.” That is the aspiration he wants to fulfill in his practice and in meeting anyone, anywhere.

Facilitator: Tina Ng

 

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Meditating In The Mountains And Fjords of Norway - Ajahn Nitho

Meditating In The Mountains And Fjords of Norway - Ajahn Nitho

November 17, 2022

Published with permission of Treasure Mountain Podcast. Please visit Treasure Mountain Podcast, Treasure Mountain website and Treasure Mountain facebook page.

  • In this episode of Spirit Stories we have as our guest, Ajahn Nitho who is coming to us from the mountains near Ørsta in western Norway.

Ajahn Nitho was born on the west coast of Norway in 1970, and after finishing high school, attended the University of Bergen and to The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He then spent a few years working as a chief financial officer at various companies, and then spent two years of backpacking around the world. Having become interested in meditation, Ajahn Nitho travelled to Australia in 2007 to be ordained as a bhikkhu (a Buddhist monk), under Ajahn Brahm at the Buddhist Society of Western Australia (BSWA), Perth.

After one year as an anagarika, one year as a samanera (novice), Ajahn Nitho took higher ordination as a bhikkhu (monk) in 2009. After more than 10 years of training as a bhikkhu in Perth, and a few stays with Ajahn Ganha in Thailand, he has now returned to Oslo in Norway, where he currently resides.

Together with Jon Endre Mørk, he established the Buddhist Society of Oslo and Viken (ovbf.org) in 2021, and he is now teaching retreats and Buddhism various places in Norway, while building a Buddhist community there. The goal is to establish a centre in Norway for teaching and practise.

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Bhante Cunda | Being Human | The Armadale Meditation Group

Bhante Cunda | Being Human | The Armadale Meditation Group

November 16, 2022

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Bhante Cunda joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page, choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website, the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

Middle Way, Many Levels | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Middle Way, Many Levels | Steven Towler | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

November 16, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Steven Towler on the 24 October 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Steven Towler has been a Buddhist for over fifty years. He studied and practised meditation with several well known teachers of the Thai forest tradition. He has translated text from teachers such as Luang Poo Tate, Luang Ta Maha Boowa and Acharn Piak from Thai to English.


Please support BSWA in making these teachings available by donating via Patreon or our General Expenses Fund.

To download the audio, click on the audio tracks' title to open up in Podbean.

More dhamma teachings are available from:

Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 12 November 2022

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 12 November 2022

November 15, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali talks about the benefits of practicing the Noble Eightfold Path and the importance of taking refuge within ourselves or our Buddhist practice. Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is a traditional part of being a Buddhist.

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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The Importance of Harmony | Ajahn Brahmali | 11 November 2022

The Importance of Harmony | Ajahn Brahmali | 11 November 2022

November 14, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali gives a teaching on the importance of harmony, that is how to get along peacefully with others and have beautiful relationships.

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 11 November 2022

Friday Night Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmali | 11 November 2022

November 14, 2022

Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately half an hour. 

To find and download more Guided Meditations on Podcast, visit the BSWA teachings page: https://bswa.org/teachings/, choose the meditation you want and then type the date into the Podcast search box e.g. 01-09-2018 or try 1 September 2018.

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Restoring The Bhikkhuni Sangha For Our Times - Ayya Tathālokā

Restoring The Bhikkhuni Sangha For Our Times - Ayya Tathālokā

November 10, 2022

Published with permission of Treasure Mountain Podcast. Please visit Treasure Mountain Podcast, Treasure Mountain website and Treasure Mountain facebook page.

  • Welcome to Treasure Mountain, the podcast that inspires and guides people to find the the treasure within human experience. I’m your host Sol Hanna.
  • In this episode of Spirit Stories we have as our returning guest, Ayya Tathālokā from Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Forest Hermitage in California.
  • Last week when we spoke with Ayya Tathālokā we found out about her journey from discovering Buddhism through many trials until finally being able to achieve her ideal of full ordination as a bhikkhuni. It’s a really interesting story of overcoming obstacles with some unexpected twists, and if you want to listen to that episode you can click on this link.
  • Ayya Tathālokā has a number of achievements and been actively involved in establishing and extending the opportunities for women to go forth and also take higher ordination in the Buddhist sangha. In this episode we are going to find out about her journey since higher ordination and the work she has done and continues to do to expand opportunities for women to ordain and practice in an authentic manner that is true to the bhikkhuni vinaya - the monastic rules for Buddhist nuns. In the process we will also find out about the rapidly evolving opportunities for women within Buddhism as a result of the work being done by leaders like Ayya Tathālokā.

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Ajahn Cittapalo | Losing Reality | The Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Cittapalo | Losing Reality | The Armadale Meditation Group

November 10, 2022

Tuesday 08th November 2022

Ajahn Cittapalo joins the Armadale Meditation Group on-line live. Armadale Meditation Group (AMG) is designed to teach you about meditation. The classes generally begin with chanting the Metta Sutta, then receiving meditation instructions and meditating together, followed by asking questions and finally if time remains listening to a Dhamma talk. However, the layout can vary. Due to social distancing regulations, these weekly Tuesday night teachings are happening via Zoom from Bodhinyana Monastery.

Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.

To find and download more precious Dhamma teachings, visit the BSWA teachings page choose the teaching you want and click on the audio to open it up on Podbean.

Teachings are available for downloading from the BSWA website the BSWA Youtube Channel, the BSWA Podcast, and Deeper Dhamma Podcast.

Venerable Kassapa | Beginning with Peace and Mindfulness | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

Venerable Kassapa | Beginning with Peace and Mindfulness | Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram

November 9, 2022

Monday Night Meditation at Wat Dhammayanaram, Cambodian Society of WA (CBSWA) with Venerable Kassapa on 17 October 2022. These weekly teachings give an introduction into Meditation and some guidance and basics into the practice of the Buddhist Path. They usually consist of a short talk, thirty minute meditation and then questions & answers.

Venerable Kassapa has trained at Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine, WA (Buddhist Society of WA monastery – abbot Ajahn Brahmavamso), where he has been a resident since 2013.

Currently Venerable Kassapa is staying at Wat Dhammayanaram two to three weeks at a time and then returning to Bodhinyana for a week. Venerable has committed to help out the temple (for possibly up to 1-2 years), to assist the Cambodian monk Bhante Sukkhakamo by keeping him company and helping with things, such as this teaching engagement. Venerable Kassapa has been helping the temple on and off since he became a monk.


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Teaching retrieved from CBSWA please visit https://thecbswa.org to find out how to attend the monastery in person.

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