Bhante begins with an explanation of present moment awareness. Reminding all of us of those moments we all have in our lives that we can clearly remember in detail. Where we were, who we were with, what was happening at that moment in time. We often reflect to such moments when we hear a song or tune. At the time you first heard the song or tune, you experienced present moment awareness. Bhante explains why we need such awareness to meditate.
Bhante then guided the group in a 30min meditation using the breath as our meditation object, or point of focus.
Briefly after the meditation, Bhante opened to Q&A before giving us a talk on the things that will hinder [hinderances], our meditation practice.
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Bhante Sangharatana talked to us about breath meditation, encouraging us to present moment awareness (bringing our attention to the meditation object, or focus on, for example, our breath). Bhante further explained that present moment awareness is of itself not the meditation, but rather the goal. By having, or achieving, present moment awareness we leave the past behind and have no thoughts of the future. We are just here and now, thinking not of the past nor of the future.
Bhante then explained for the beginners amongst us [that would be most of us], the need for meditation or why we meditate. He further explained the technique used for a simple but successful breath meditation. He then guided us through a 30 min beginners breath meditation after which he opened the floor to questions and continued the talk.
Bhante Sangharatana talked to us about mindfullness and breath meditation encouraging us to see the difference between the two. Mindfulness being our attention to the meditation object or focus on, for example, our breath. Bhante further explains that mindfulness is of itself not meditation.
Bhante then explained for the beginners amongst us, the need for meditation or why we meditate. He further explained the technique used for a simple but successful breath meditation. Bhante then guided us through a 30min beginners breath meditation after which he opened the floor to questions.
Bhante explains metta meditation, how it will affect every aspect of our daily lives before guiding us through a combined metta and breath meditation. After the guided meditation Bhante answered questions about the meditation then opened to general comments and questions.
Bhante concluded the evening with stories that showed how love and kindness worked for Bhante G at Heathrow.
Metta [loving kindness]. In Buddhist belief, this is a Brahma-vihara (divine abode) or an immeasurable that leads to a meditative state by being a counter to ill-will. It removes clinging to negative state of mind, by cultivating kindness unto all beings.