Ajahn Brahm Meditation Retreat Videos

Ajahn Brahm is a former British physicist turned Theravada monk who established his own order in Austrailia after having studied under Ajahn Chah in Thailand. He is known for his exceptional communication ability, insight and humor. He also has innovative twists in how he teaches meditation which many claim produce better results for them. His book on the subject is “Mindful,Bliss And Beyond”

A new youtube channel has gone up where videos of his sequential talks from meditation retreats he has led can be viewed for free.

Link:  AjahnBrahmRetreats Youtube Channel

I watched the first video on “Letting Go” from his most recent retreat. If the other videos are half as good they are excellent.

 

Shinzen Young: Deep Concentration in Formal Meditation and Daily Life (Theory and Practice)

Google invites authors, researchers and artists — anyone with anything interesting to say, to come to Google to give talks to their employees.   Videos are made of these talks and put on youtube on the GoogleTalks channel.  In this talk, Shinzen Young, a westerner, a former monk, a scientist and a professional meditation teacher introduces the audience at Google to “concentration”.

Young claims that concentration……bringing the mind back to an object after a distraction,  is a basic skill at the base of all human endeavors.    This is a very clear, down to Earth, accessible talk

Ajahn Brahm’s Meditation Instruction Channel

In a previous post I mentioned that Ajahn Brahm and the Dhammloka society have a youtube channel where they post weekly 1 hour long dhamma talks.   Ajahn Brahm and the Dhammaloka society have now added a new youtube channel for weekly guided meditation instructions.   If you have a Gmail, Google or YouTube account you can sign up to have an automatic email sent to you whenever they upload a new video.   Ajahn Brahm is a former British scientist turned Theravada monk.   He is a gifted meditation and dhamma teacher.   He has  a solid understanding of the Pali Canon,  a solid understanding for the original inspiration behind those teachings,  a solid understanding of the mind of the modern common person and a powerful ability to communicate about these things effectively, in a unique, down to Earth easily accessible manner.

I’ve only see one of his new video meditations so far, but I thought the first 15 minutes where he gives instructions were fantastic for the reasons mentioned above.   At least to me, extremely useful and uncommonly good:

How To Stop A Hindrance To Concentration, Insight & Freedom From Suffering

“How do you “kill” a hindrance?  You “watch it to death”

– The Venerable Henepola Gunaratana, “Beyond Mindfulness In Plain English“, page 79.

Discussion: Video: Ajahn Brahmali On The Satipatthana Sutta

The next discussion will be led by Jim on Friday 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM 2012 May 11

From Jim:

Andrew will start the meeting, and using the new audio/visual technology, work with us on chanting and Pali.

We will then watch to a talk by Ajahn Brahmali.

The topic of the talk is Middle Length Discourses Number 10, the Satipatthana Sutta, sometimes called the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness is one of the seven things in which the Buddha said we should train.   Please print and bring a copy.

After this you will be able to:

  • Name the Four Foundations.
  • Decide which one or ones you want to emphasize in your current practice.
  • Experience the support these give to your mindfulness, both in meditation and everyday life.

You may want to watch the video of the talk before the discussion

Improving Meditation With the Suttas

Venerable Vimalaramsi practiced meditation for many years before he began studying the Pali Canon. He discovered that the instructions for meditation differed between the suttas ( Buddhist Discourses ) and the commentaries ( ancient commentaries by scholar monks about the discourses ) and that most meditation teachers used the instructions from the commentaries. According to Venerable Vimalaramsi the instructions from the commentaries leave some important steps out. In this video Venerable Vimalaramsi explains how to meditate using the instructions from the suttas and he explains how to get the extra value from these missing steps.

His views about using the suttas for meditation instructions are discussed at length in his book which is available as a free PDF: The Anapanasati Sutta: A Practical Guide to Mindfulness of Breathingand Tranquil Wisdom Meditation by the Venerable U Vimalaramsi

The meditation concepts from the suttas mentioned in the video can be found in the sutta:
The Greater Exhortation to Rahula: MN 62 PTS: M i 420

Learning Meditation

Many people interested in meditation have had to learn from a mish-mash of books and snippets from various teachers.   In the short video above Venerable Gunaratana of The Bhavana Society and author of Mindfulness In Plain English explains how that was also the case for himself.   His teachers were scholars of Buddhist discourses.   When he wanted to learn meditation, he had to go the suttas ( Buddhist Discourses ).