was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972, he developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of twenty, and at 21 he headed off to Thailand to study Buddhism more sincerely. Ajahn Achalo ordained at Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon Rachathani (the monastery founded by venerable Ajahn Chah) and subsequently trained in Thailand for more than ten years. His main teachers in Thailand have been Ajahn Anan and Ajahn Jayasaro. Ajahn Achalo feels deep gratitude for the wonderful opportunities he has had to practice as a monk in a number of different traditional contexts... in practice monasteries, in remote forests, and whilst on pilgrimage. Ajahn Achalo is the Abbott of a small monastery in the mountains of Petchabun Province, Thailand.
The following guided meditations are selected from a compilation called "Generating Mindfulness, Developing Loving-Kindness and Contemplating Impermanence" . The compilation offers a variety of approaches to the development of Loving-Kindness (Metta).
The Heart Focused meditation emphasises the use of phrases, while the Lotus Visualisation uses both phrases and a visualisation of light. Both of these meditation give the option to end the meditation after 30 minutes up to 90 minutes.
The two other meditations are both visualisations where the meditator imagines meeting either the Lord Buddha or Mahapajapati Bhikkhuni. People who are more visual/creative may find these types of meditation helpful.
All of the meditations start with body-based awareness followed by mindfulness of breathing in preparation for the development of metta itself.
The talk entitled "Loving-Kindness meditation reduces suffering, increases peace and supports us along the path" was given by Ajahn Achalo at a retreat and outlines the benefits Loving-Kindness Meditation.