Ajahn used his experience when writing the book “Good? Bad? Who knows?”, to encourage us not to try constantly for perfection but rather to accept who we are and what is happening in our lives.  We can’t see the future, we can’t change the past, so just be happy in the present.

Ajahn then guided us through a meditation suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

Following the meditation Ajahn kept us well entertained with stories plus jokes about life experiences.  As Ajahn says “Good? Bad? Who knows?”.  If something happens that seems a disaster, look for the silver lining or rather, accept it for what it is and live in the moment”.

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Ajahn Brahm explains Vipassana and Samatha meditation and tells us the story entitled "Meditation Mountain." Furthermore, Ajahn teaches us how to develop stillness through kindness. 
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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.
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Why do have to think so many useless thoughts? Ajahn Brahm says it's because we want to escape the present moment. Ajahn offers us practical advice on how to make peace with the present moment.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Venerable Nitho led us on a guided walk through the mountains of Norway.  Venerable used his Rains Retreat experience to teach us that our thoughts, emotions and day to day experiences are just like meeting someone on a walk.  Don’t engage them, you smile, say hello, then continue walking.  Just as we notice the thoughts that enter our minds and let them go.

After the meditation Venerable opened the floor to a Q&A.

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Ajahn Brahmali explains that there are two facets to our meditation practice. The joy and happiness which we encounter in meditation and on the other hand the understanding that the external world is unrealiable, and that combining these two facets will enable us to go deeper into meditation.

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Ajahn Brahm  guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Venerable Cunda lead us first through a guided meditation most suitable to those of us that need to relax both physically and mentally.  The meditation was suitable for beginners and experienced alike.  A body scan and simply relaxing as much as possible allows us to also relax the mind.

After the guided meditation Venerable introduced himself and gave an excellent dharma talk. He then encouraged us in our practice by relating why he became a Buddhist Monk, the impact it has had on both his health, life in general and all those around him.

Venerable then spoke on the five precepts and then opened the floor to Q&A.

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Venerable Hasapanna teaches us how to overcome the third hinderance sloth and torpor.  Venerable shares her experience of sleepiness during meditation and advises us not to fight it with will power. 

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Venerable Hasapanna guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn regaled us with his usual wit and humour, teaching us to relax our bodies beforehand so that we may then relax our minds.  Ajahn used his stories and jokes to both relax us and move us to a more happy state of mind before leading us in a beginners meditation.

Following the meditation Ajahn again used wit and humour to keep us relaxed.  As Ajahn has said to us many times “Stop looking into the past, reliving bad things that have happened, or imagining a future that may never happen, and live in the moment”.

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Ajahn Brahmali teaches us that having right view naturally steers our mind in the right direction. Ajahn also advises us to regard our meditation as an act of generosity towards ourselves and others.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Venerable JR led a relaxed evening of meditation encouraging us to let go of the past and future.  Venerable instructed us that our only responsibility at this time, is to relax.  Nothing to do but relax.  Allow the thoughts to come and then let them go.

Venerable then led a very relaxed breath meditation.  After the meditation Venerable talked about anxiety, then opened the session to Q&A.

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Ajahn Brahmali guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahmali begins by talking about how right view is strongly related to our meditation practice. Then Ajahn offers some simple methods for aligning our mind with the Buddha Dhamma and away from the external world.

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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.

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It's difficult to stop thinking and feeling. In this meditation session Ajahn Appichato teaches us a mantra to calm the mind.

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Ajahn Santutthi talked to us about finding the calm in the storm of our minds through meditation.  Over thinking can lead to us becoming anxious, we need to live in the moment, not dwell on the past, nor worry about our future.

When we over think, dwell in the past or worry about the future we don't live in the present.  Our minds become tired and so do our bodies.  Meditation can help us clear our mind, live just in this moment and recover some of our energies.

After his talk, Ajahn led us in a guided meditation for approximately 45 minutes.

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