Vesak Day is the full moon night in May and commerates the birth of the bodhisatta Siddhartha Gotama, his Awakening thereby becoming the Buddha, and final passing away (parinibbana). Whilst much of the world seeks alcohol and drugs to get high, those who are inspired by the message and path of the Buddha can get high on that very inspiration, knowing that there is a path of increasing happiness and ultimately complete freedom. This is the real meaning of Vesak.
We're all so busy in the modern world - and it's wearing us out! As Buddhists, how are we to deal with busy-ness? Ajahn Brahm points out that it's not necessarily the amount of work that people have that is the problem, but how we relate to the work. If we relate to the work with a different attitude it need not be suffering.
Mind arises through contact through the external senses. However these external contacts are filtered through the mind's filter of perception, fundamentally changing our attitude to our experience. We use perception to make sense of the world, but it can also skew our perceptions and reactions to experience. Ayye Vayama explains how to understand the process of perception in our lives.
Honesty is paramount and the basis of all trusting relationships. Whilst honesty can be difficult to practice, it is an essential spiritual quality to develop in life, for our own benefit and the benefit of others. Ajahn Brahm explains how.
Which is the best Buddhist tradition and how can you find out? Does it even matter? Ajahn Brahm blows apart notions of spiritual elitism - about comparing people and traditions, measuring who's best, and etceteras - and points the attention back to where it is most needed for us to make spiritual progress.
Buddhism isn't a book-based or idea-based religion, but a religion based on observing our human experience first-hand. So studying books is not the emphasis of the teaching, but practice in order to get direct knowledge of the truth within ourselves. Ajahn Brahm explains using the story of the pyramid in the jungle.
Having just returned from pilgrimage to the Buddhist Holy Sites in India and Nepal, Ajahn Vayama responds to a request from the audience to talk about how cause and effect operate in our daily lives.
The ego - the sense of "I" and "mine" - is the source of so much suffering in this world. And in reality it doesn't even exist! So discovering the reality of non-self is a huge relief.
What does it mean to be married? How does a couple develop a happy marriage? And what advice did the Buddha have for those wanting to get married, and those who are already married? Ayye Vayama discusses the topic of marriage from a Buddhist perspective.
The main quality of Buddhism is that it's not about belief so much as about practice - what to do to achieve happiness and end suffering. Ajahn Brahmali teaches us that it's the Noble Eightfold Path that is a practical method for achieving Awakening.
We know the future is uncertain, yet we carry around the heavy baggage of expectations about the future with us every day. Expectations can be a burden and also make us inflexible in our approach to life. Ajahn Brahm explains how the best place to be on the edge between the past and the future, in the present moment.
Busy-ness is the curse of our age the puts stress and strain on our minds and mental health, our bodies and physical health, and our relationships. This is a problem and there is a solution related to developing the right attitude to life so that whilst there is busy-ness all around us we can cultivate a space of peace within in ourselves. Ajahn Brahm explains how...