On the last day of his visit to Dhammagiri, Ajahn Chandako, abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery near Auckland, addresses a wide variety of questions from the audience. Ajahn talks about the deep attachment we have developed over lifetimes to our physical body, and how to overcome this clinging through body contemplation. If we can see byond the surface, and recognize the true nature of the body in insight meditation ('Vipassanā'), attachment and craving towards the body will fade away.
Ajahn also addresses the problem of sleepiness in meditation, and how to overcome it; and he explains the difference between coarse and subtle defilements ('Kileasa'), and the different methods to deal with both of them in our meditation.
Ajahn's visit was much appreciated by our community. Even the precepts ceremony at 7.00 am on Saturday morning was attended by some 20 people. Ajahn Chandako was impressed by the development of Dhammagiri in only 10 years, and repeatedly stated how much he likes the simple, solitary setup of the monastery, which he considers highly suitable to develop bhāvanā (meditation).
More about Ajahn Chandako and Vimutti Buddhist Monastery at vimutti.org.nz
Photos of his visit at Dhammagiri at dhammagiri.org.au/ajahn-chandako.html