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Tradition and Truth | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Tradition and Truth | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 15, 2017

Should we follow tradition or change it? What are the advantages of keeping or changing tradition? What actually is the tradition we should follow anyway? And does it have a place in our modern world? Ajahn gives an in depth answer in this talk and advises us most importantly to search for truth and meaning.

Ajahn Appichato | Student’s Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Appichato | Student’s Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

March 15, 2017

Ajahn Appi guided the group through a beginners meditation with the focus on breath and the sensations caused by breathing.  Ajahn then spoke on the benefits of meditation and concluded the session with a recital of a Tibetan Mantra.

The Negativity Of Positivity | Ajahn Brahmavamso

The Negativity Of Positivity | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 14, 2017

Ajahn Brahm talks about the flip side of positivity and offers an even more skilful approach rather than just trying to be positive. Ajahn describes the highs and lows of life as being natural and not something that we should try and avoid, but things we should investigate with wisdom.

Buddhism and Atheism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Buddhism and Atheism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 13, 2017

Is Buddhism an atheistic religion? Does it believe in a God? And what do Buddhists worship? Ajahn Brahm takes on this topic, pointing out the consequences of believing in a supernatural being and looking into who created our universe or world. Ajahn goes deeper by talking about meditation experiences (jhanas) and how the mind is chief and more powerful than anything else in the world. 

Four Ways Of Letting Go | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Four Ways Of Letting Go | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 12, 2017

Straight from teaching a meditation retreat, Ajahn Brahm reveals ways of letting go. Ajahn offers a teaching on how to train your mind to let go, to be peaceful and happy. And reflects upon why we find it so hard to let go of our hurts and difficulties and how beneficial letting go is for us and others.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 11-03-2017
Good Governance and Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Good Governance and Buddhism | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 11, 2017

In the lead up to various elections occurring, Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how Buddhist principles apply to governance, of not only a country but of societies, work departments, the family unit and our own life. Ajahn teaches us how to contribute to good governance on all levels in our society and get things done the Buddhist way.

From Original To Traditional | Ajahn Brahmali

From Original To Traditional | Ajahn Brahmali

March 10, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali discusses how the Buddha's core teachings have given rise to the numerous traditions and teachings of Buddhism that exist today. Through textual comparison, scholars can today point to those core teachings of the Buddha that are common across the early existent canons of the various Buddhist schools. These early teachings are where Ajahn Brahmali believes we should focus our attention if we are to uncover the Buddha's original teachings.

Faith, Belief And Reason | Ajahn Dhiravamso

Faith, Belief And Reason | Ajahn Dhiravamso

March 9, 2017

Ajahn Dhiravamso talks about the difference between blind religious faith and the attitudes of faith, reason and wise investigation praised by the Buddha.

Why Is It So Hard To Be Kind? Ajahn Brahmavamso

Why Is It So Hard To Be Kind? Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 8, 2017

Why is it sometimes so hard to be kind to the ones we love? Ajahn Brahm discusses how developing the mind with meditation can encourage and support the practice of kindness and understanding towards others.

Ajahn Brahm | Post Traumatic Stress - Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Brahm | Post Traumatic Stress - Armadale Meditation Group

March 7, 2017

Post Traumatic Stress can be overcome.  Ajahn encourages us to not make matters worse by adding to what, for a lot of people, is a time in their lives they can never forget.  Ajahn tells us, don't forget, rather forgive and open up our hearts, accept it for what it was and move on.

Ajahn took us through a body sweep before a 30 min guided meditation.  Ajahn then gave a talk on Post Traumatic Stress further encouraging us to open our hearts, accept and move on.

The entire evening was lightened by Ajahn Brahm's jokes and irrepressible sense of humour.

What Is Truth? Ajahn Brahmavamso

What Is Truth? Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 7, 2017

Ajahn Brahm talks about truth not being a goal, but a process of understanding. Real truth is direct experience derived from a peaceful mind developed through meditation. Wisdom developed through meditation then leads to a deeper understanding of life and respect for one another.

A Taste Of Freedom | Ajahn Brahmavamso

A Taste Of Freedom | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 6, 2017

Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist perspective on what Freedom is and how it can be achieved. Ajahn gives us clarity on this spiritual subject he says is so misunderstood, yet so important in our lives. And he talks about how freedom of the heart is gained by meditation practice and letting go of control.

Trauma and Tragedy | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Trauma and Tragedy | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 5, 2017

Ajahn Brahm offers advice on how best to deal with traumatic or tragic events and reminds us that ultimately we are responsible for our own happiness, even in tough times.

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 04-03-17

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 04-03-17

March 5, 2017

Ajahn Brahm gives a guided meditation and talks about how to avoid distractions.

Life Is A Series Of Unexpected Events | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Life Is A Series Of Unexpected Events | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 4, 2017

Ajahn Brahm challenges the benefits of planning and offers a humorous teaching on how wonderful life is when things do not go according to plan. He points out that when you have plans things go wrong and when you don’t have plans things go interesting.

Inspiration | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Inspiration | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 3, 2017

Ajahn Brahm talks about how inspiration can energize our meditation practice and allow us to go beyond the boundaries we normally set for ourselves. Ajahn says inspiration is one of the most important parts of the spiritual life because it is difficult to be kind, generous, loving, forgiving and so on without authentic examples of great acts of generosity and kindness. It is inspiration which encourages us to add our own acts of beauty to this world and those acts spread inspiration to others and make this world a beautiful place.

Don’t Be Disappointed | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Don’t Be Disappointed | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 2, 2017

How many times have you been disappointed? Why is it that sometimes we look at life and feel disappointed? Ajahn Brahm takes a look at what is the cause of our disappointments and says the first reason is because we expect so much of each other, of life and of ourselves. Ajahn offers some practical advice for dealing with disappointments and unreasonable expectations from within and without.

Living Within Nature | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Living Within Nature | Ajahn Brahmavamso

March 1, 2017

Ajahn Brahm gives a talk about the Theravada Tradition also called the Forest Tradition. Ajahn Brahm reveals the lessons we can learn from nature and points out that part of the Theravada Tradition is to learn much of our understanding and wisdom by living in the forests, within nature.

Meditation Is Not A Chore | Ajahn Cittapalo Armadale Meditation Group

Meditation Is Not A Chore | Ajahn Cittapalo Armadale Meditation Group

March 1, 2017

Ajahn encourages us to relax physically as much as possible before we start to meditate, explaining that meditation is not a chore.  Venerable then gives a guided beginners meditation.  Following meditation Ajahn gave us a talk and encouraged us to not foster negative thoughts to meditation, thus making it a chore but rather, to be as kind to ourselves as possible right from the beginning, no matter how long we meditate for.

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