Ajahn Nissarano uses the perception of kindfulness and of being our own best friend to set up the frame of mind for meditation.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the factors to be considered when going about making difficult decisions in situations where there may be conflicting ethical imperatives.
Ajahn Brahm doesn't tell the audience what decision to make when it comes to contraversial ethical issues, but rather offers the listener a guide to how to make the decisions wisely and ethically.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the relationship between compassion and stillness (peace in meditation) in that when one is more compassionate and kind to others, this often strengthens our own spiritual qualities, including stillness.
Venerable Upasama has started teaching and will be a most welcome teacher at The Armadale Meditation Group. Venerable gave a Dharma Talk on the teachings of Buddha, then an excellent meditation and concluded the night by making us all laugh.
The problem many people have with meditation is that they try so hard and try the wrong way. Ajahn Brahm explains how to have nice meditation by stopping the trying, and just letting go.
Western society is caught up with the idea of punishment that we often condemn ourselves with guilt, and seek to punish ourselves for perceived wrongdoing. Ajahn Brahm says to hell with this punishment and advocates taking a kinder, more loving approach to the people in our lives, especially ourselves.
Ajahn Brahm leads the guided Saturday meditation class on 3rd December 2016.
So much time and effort and money is invested these days into developing our intellect. Yet we still have manifold problems in life, the root cause of which is social, emotional, and even spiritual. Ajahn Brahm's advice is to develop the heart, and in this talk he explains why and how to develop the heart.
In the wake of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Ajahn Brahm received numerous requests on how to deal with the inevitable tragedies in life. He offers advice on how to deal with tragedies with wisdom and compassion.
Ajahn Plien has been a monk for many decades, and is well connected with the roots of the Thai Forest Tradition. He has many tales of monastic life in the wild jungles, and is famous for his profound calm and wisdom. In this talk, he is assisted by Ajahn Brahm who acts as a translator for Ajahn Plien's wise answers to questions from the audience.
Ajahn Cittapalo doesn't get to teach at AMG very often but when he does it is always to a full house. Tonight was no exception. Ajahn gave us a good grounding in beginners meditation and an often humourous talk after, then a brief Q&A. We could easily and happily have gone over-time.
During Rains 2016 Matt gave a talk on why he started meditating and how it has helped with his battle with illness. He then guided us through a beginners meditaion followed by a Q&A.
Due to popular demand and numerous requests from people concerned about world events, Ajahn Brahm talks about how anxiety can turn into fear which can turn into hysteria, and how we can respond calmly and wisely to the arising of fear.
Buddhism is a form of psychology that has been around for over 2600 years. Many people in the contemporary world draw parallels between Buddhism and Western Psychology. In this talk Ajahn Brahm focuses on the differences between Buddhism and psychology.
We are very fortunate to have Ajahn Cittapalo and he gives us his best. A guided beginners meditation followed by a Q&A session.