Dear fellow practitioners,
Recently, during a period of intensive personal practice in India, I accepted an invitation to offer some instruction and reflection to a sincere and diverse group of Buddhists at the Root Institute in Bodhgaya, Bihar Northern India. As I had been practicing breath meditation for around 9 and half hours per day for the previous three weeks, the practice of breath meditation seemed to be the most relevant subject to talk about. It was good to take the time to talk more specifically about the meditation method, and how to train with it for developing calm and insight and for purifying the mind of delusion. Listening back to the talk I feel that my own deep love of, as well as confidence and faith in this practice comes through in this talk. The talk is followed on by a Guided Meditation with multi-focused instructions. Some are about the method… some are about faith… some are aimed at eliciting some form of sincere commitment and determination (which is necessary) whilst others are about our attitude and how to attenuate it skilfully.
I sincerely hope that the content of this talk and meditation is helpful for you now.
Because of the miracle of modern digital recording technology I am able to share this talk that was given in the past in a remote and exotic place with you wherever you are now. Yet because of the ancient technology of colds and flu, you may have to practice a little patience with the sound of an occasional cough in the background. (as well as parrots, chickens, the sound of sweeping leaves and even the occasional goat!) Try to enjoy the ambience!
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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