Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Living With Non-Buddhists | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Living With Non-Buddhists | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 15, 2017

How do you really practise Buddhism when everyone around you isn’t practising? Such as living as a Buddhist in a western country. Ajahn Brahm gives some practical advice for living with people who share different world views.

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Joy of Letting Go | Venerable Hasapanna

Joy of Letting Go | Venerable Hasapanna

June 14, 2017

Venerable Hasapanna reflects on what the Buddha really meant by letting go. Venerable looks at the satisfaction that comes from getting things, compared to the joy and happiness that comes from letting go, that is from letting things be and not craving. Venerable explains how letting go only happens through training the mind to let go and cannot be done by willpower.

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Venerable JR | A Relaxed Evening of Breath Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

Venerable JR | A Relaxed Evening of Breath Meditation - Armadale Meditation Group

June 14, 2017

Venerable JR lead a relaxed evening of breath meditation encouraging us to not pressure ourselves by looking for success in the stages of our practice.  But rather to simply accept our progress and continue to practice.  So, don't treat your practice as a video game, win the level and then move on.  Be happy with your progress and continue to practice.

Venerable also gave a practical demonstration of walking meditation, demonstrating the different speeds and so showing us that we need not all keep the same pace.  Some of us will walk slowly and some will walk a little quicker.

Venerable then led a very relaxed breath meditation.  After the meditation Venerable encouraged us to stretch our practice times.  For those of us just learning, 5 or 10  minutes seems a long time to sit and meditate.  As we progress in our practice it does become easier to stretch our meditation time to much longer periods.  Or, try more regular small sessions in one day.

How To Resolve Conflicts | Ajahn Brahmavamso

How To Resolve Conflicts | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 13, 2017

How do you deal with people who are angry and violent right in front of you or towards you?

Ajahn Brahm shares his wisdom and personal experience on resolving these conflicts.

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Similes of the Buddha | Ajahn Brahmali

Similes of the Buddha | Ajahn Brahmali

June 12, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali encourages us to look at what the Buddha actually taught by reading the suttas; the word of the Buddha. Ajahn recommends we begin by reading what is inspiring, enjoyable and really captures our attention such as the similes. To inspire us to go and read the suttas Ajahn reads to us some of the similes of the Buddha from the Buddhist discourses.

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Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10-06-17

Guided Meditation | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10-06-17

June 11, 2017

Are you pushing through pain during meditation? Ajahn Brahm teaches not to force ourselves but to relax and let go. 

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The Winners and The Losers | Ajahn Brahmavamso

The Winners and The Losers | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 11, 2017

Ajahn Brahm offers a topical talk on winning and losing. Ajahn talks about the enormous amount of suffering and pressure we experience from living in a society where we celebrate winners and feel guilty and depressed when we are losers. Ajahn offers a different perspective to what is meant by winning and losing i.e. success versus failure and explains how the very idea of a winner and loser is totally against the spiritual path.

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How To Stop Meditating | Ajahn Sujato

How To Stop Meditating | Ajahn Sujato

June 10, 2017

Ajahn Sujato talks about some common problems we face in meditation, such as taking idioms too literary, trying to stop our mind from thinking and also worrying about reaching meditation stages and using meditation techniques. Ajahn looks at the process of breath meditation and explains how this is not about making your mind peaceful because that is doing and controlling.

“The breath wants you to calm down. If you only will let it, get out of the way, stop trying to control and let the breath soothe you, let peace come to you.”

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Teenagers Are Aliens | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Teenagers Are Aliens | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 9, 2017

Ajahn Brahm responds to a request to talk about parental alienation. Ajahn explains that parental alienation is when you are a parent of teenagers, it is like you are living with aliens, because you don’t understand what they are up to or where they are coming from and they cause you a lot of suffering.

Ajahn shares some Buddhist stories to help us get some understanding on how to raise kids and Ajahn points out that people you associate with mold your character and that is why is so important for teenagers to hang around with good influences such as parents, grandparents and so on.

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The Essence of Vesak | Ajahn Brahmavamso

The Essence of Vesak | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 8, 2017

Ajahn Brahm discusses the significance of Vesak Day (Wesak Day) – which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the full-moon day in May. Ajahn talks about how we can use the teachings to make ourselves better people and to have a better world.

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Ajahn Santutthi | The Weekly Rubbish Collection and Now It’s Time To Empty It - The  Armadale Meditation Group

Ajahn Santutthi | The Weekly Rubbish Collection and Now It’s Time To Empty It - The Armadale Meditation Group

June 7, 2017

Ajahn joined us again this week at The Armadale Meditation Group.  He suggested that we spend much time in our busy daily lives collecting rubbish within our minds and meditation is the means to get rid of it, empty the garbage.

Ajahn then guided us through a meditation with relaxation of our bodies first.  The focus of our meditation was our breath or breathing.  Ajahn then opened the floor to questions.  Following Q&A Ajahn told us of his recent visit to Thailand were he met with Ajahn Gunhah, the original happy monk.

Sensual Pleasure Versus Spiritual Pleasure | Ajahn Brahmali

Sensual Pleasure Versus Spiritual Pleasure | Ajahn Brahmali

June 7, 2017

Ajahn Brahmali discusses the difference between common sensual pleasure and spiritual pleasure. Ajahn explains how sensual pleasure is fleeting and susceptible to many external conditions out of our control, while spiritual pleasure is longer lasting and is something we can directly affect.

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Gaming Not Gambling | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Gaming Not Gambling | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 6, 2017

Having just been to Las Vegas Ajahn Brahm decides an appropriate subject to talk about is gambling. Ajahn explains the difference between gaming and gambling and recommends we game, not gamble that is go to have fun, not to win. Money is not the most important thing in life; people are, your health and your happiness are.

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Guided Meditation | Venerable Hasapanna | 03-06-2017

Guided Meditation | Venerable Hasapanna | 03-06-2017

June 5, 2017

Have you ever felt tired after a meditation? Venerable Hasapanna points out that one reason could be you are trying too hard to focus on the breath. Venerable explains how to train our mind gently.

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Resentment | Venerable Hasapanna

Resentment | Venerable Hasapanna

June 5, 2017

Venerable Hasapanna shares her experience of resentment and teaches that difficulties are opportunities to practice kindness. Venerable reflects on how the ego limits us from seeing what is really happening and why it is that when we do see our defilements we have difficulty accepting this.

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Right Speech | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Right Speech | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 4, 2017

Ajahn Brahm offers an insightful teaching on how and why to practise Right Speech which is part of The Eightfold Path. Ajahn talks about how our unskillful speech is a key reason why our relationships with others and ourselves go wrong and Ajahn reveals the benefits and importance of cultivating good positive speech. 

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Kamma Without Belief | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Kamma Without Belief | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 3, 2017

In this talk Ajahn Brahm takes a non-traditional approach in explaining kamma (actions and their results). The widespread idea that one's actions will result in punishment and retribution is too simplistic. So if you want to know more about kamma, listen on...

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Venerable Upasama - Dukkha and Being Happy | The Armadale Meditation Group

Venerable Upasama - Dukkha and Being Happy | The Armadale Meditation Group

June 2, 2017

Venerable Upasama gave us a dharma talk before meditation on dukkha and being happy.  Dukkha (Pāli - Sanskrit) is an important Buddhist concept, commonly translated as "suffering", "pain" or "unsatisfactoriness".

Following the dharma talk Venerable Upasama guided us through a meditation well suited to beginners and experienced meditators.  The meditation was different in that he guided us through the beginning with a story to trigger our imaginations.

Following the meditation Venerable opened the floor to questions on any
subject.  His answers were detailed in that he provided examples.

My Journey and Beyond | Venerable Amaranatho

My Journey and Beyond | Venerable Amaranatho

June 2, 2017

As a young British hitch-hiker, who was in search of happiness, fulfilment and the deeper meanings of life, Venerable Amaranatho embarked by chance on a 10-day meditation course in Perth, which helped set him off on his spiritual journey. In this talk, Venerable Amaranatho also talks about mindfulness, generosity, kindness and love. Then to conclude, he read two poems, one of which is a beautiful piece of Sufi poetry by Hafiz, called “It Felt Love”.

How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise, we all remain too frightened

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Hypocrisy | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Hypocrisy | Ajahn Brahmavamso

June 1, 2017

Responding to a request to talk about hypocrisy in the workplace. Ajahn Brahm talks about Hypocrisy in all parts of society i.e. religion, home, our family, with our friends and leaders. Ajahn reflects on what it means when people are not practising what they preach? And the effects of not living what you're preaching or walking the talk.

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