There was quite a buzz online that the end of the world would happen on the 21st December 2012 - the date this talk was given. Despite the erroneous prediction, the world will end sooner or later, if only for us individually at the end of our lives. So what state of mind would you like to be in at the end of your world? Ayye Hasapanna addresses just this topic, of how to let go of that which doesn't matter and settle conflicts to create a peaceful state of mind.
We've all had to endure difficult people whether at work, home or leisure. But how to deal with them skillfully? Ayye Hasapanna gives us a guide to dealing with difficult people.
Did you know that Buddhism introduced dieting and abseiling to the world? Bhante Sujato is a serious Buddhist scholar with a sense of humour, introducing the ancient world of the Buddha to a modern audience.
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In response to a question about the emergence of a Western form of Buddhism, Ajahn Brahm goes on to speak about the role of Buddhism in the modern world, and how ultimately the Dhamma taught by the Lord Buddha must have a universal appeal that is directly applicable to the human experience. After all, human beings are much the same wherever we may go, bound together by common experiences, and answering the common questions and problems of human experience is what Buddhism is all about.
The way to develop the path in Buddhism is not about pretences or appearances, but rather about being true to oneself and others, and about genuine inner growth over time. Leaving aside praise and blame and seeking to develop the purity of mind is the way to peace and happiness.
How do we respond to our heartaches, illnesses, pain and various forms of suffering in life? Ajahn Brahm explains how the most skillful response is to love our sufferings.