Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Extinguishing the Sparks | by Ayye Vayama | 25 January 2008

Extinguishing the Sparks | by Ayye Vayama | 25 January 2008

January 31, 2016

Ayye Vayama gives the analogy of a bushfire and how even the most catastrophic bushfires start from small sparks. So even small sparks can pose great danger. Similarly, small sparks of unwholesome thoughts like anger and greed can cause great harm in our lives. Ayye Vayama talks about how to deal with these sparks to prevent a fire in our heart and mind.

Quality of Life | by Ajahn Appichato | 29 January 2016

Quality of Life | by Ajahn Appichato | 29 January 2016

January 30, 2016

What does it mean to have quality of life? And how are we to develop the causes of having a fulfilling, meaningful and contented life.

Jhana | by Bhante Sujato | 2013

Jhana | by Bhante Sujato | 2013

January 29, 2016

Bhante Sujato gives a detailed talk about the nature of jhana – the measureless absorption of the mind in a blissful state of samadhi; the culmination of the meditation practice.

Real Life Teachings of Ajahn Chah | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 January 2008

Real Life Teachings of Ajahn Chah | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 January 2008

January 28, 2016

Ajahn Brahm reflects upon the great power and deep wisdom of the life of his teacher Ajahn Chah.

A Take (Out) On Fundamentalism | by Ajahn Brahmavamso  | 11 January 2008

A Take (Out) On Fundamentalism | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 11 January 2008

January 27, 2016

What does Buddhism have to say about religious fundamentalism? What can be done about it? Ajahn Brahm explains....

Pilgrimage | by Ajahn Brahmali | 28 December 2007

Pilgrimage | by Ajahn Brahmali | 28 December 2007

January 26, 2016

Ajahn Brahmali reflects upon what a pilgrimage is and how it can be beneficial to Buddhist practice.

Free In The Heart | by Ayye Vayama | 21 December 2007
Conflict! | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 December 2007

Conflict! | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 December 2007

January 24, 2016

Ajahn Brahm talks about conflict and how to deal with it.

Seeing The Essential As Essential | by Ajahn Nissarano | 22 January 2016

Seeing The Essential As Essential | by Ajahn Nissarano | 22 January 2016

January 23, 2016

Using the Dhammapada as the source of inspiration, Ajahn Nissarano gives advice on how to keep our mind focused on that which is most important and essential in life, and to put less important upon that which is not essential, and thereby realise the essence of life.

Much Ado About Nothing | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 December 2007

Much Ado About Nothing | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 December 2007

January 22, 2016

Is Buddhism a religion? Or is it a way or life or a philosophy? What is it? And what are Buddhists supposed to do? Ajahn Brahm uses his characteristic humour and wisdom to answer these questions?

The Secret | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 November 2007

The Secret | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 30 November 2007

January 21, 2016

Ajahn Brahm explores craving. Are there different types? Are some forms of craving necessary for survival? Is all craving 'bad'? Ajahn Brahm shares the secret of finding a balance in the here and now by understanding the nature of craving and the different types of craving, and how to work giving up the types of craving most harmful to us whilst holding on (for the mean time) to those cravings which have some use to us and others.

The Function of Mindfulness | by Ayye Vayama | 23 November 2007

The Function of Mindfulness | by Ayye Vayama | 23 November 2007

January 20, 2016

Mindfulness isn't an end itself, but a means of uncovering the deeper truths of existence that the Buddhist teachings are encouraging us to see. Mindfulness is the first of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. Ayye Vayama reminds us how developing mindfulness is an essential quality of mind that leads to insight, knowledge and ultimately to Awakening.

Power | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 16 November 2007

Power | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 16 November 2007

January 19, 2016

Is power any good at all? What is realpower and how is it going to be of benefit to people in the world? How to people get addicted to power and become unwilling to give it up? Ajahn Brahm discusses these questions about the nature of power from a Buddhist perspective.

The Power of Mindfulness and Compassion | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 9 November 2007

The Power of Mindfulness and Compassion | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 9 November 2007

January 18, 2016

Ajahn Brahm opens the talk by pointing to how much popularity and traction mindfulness techniques are developing in the contemporary world. He then goes on to explain how developing mindfulness with compassion can be transformative for anyone who practices it.

Forgiveness | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 22 October 2014

Forgiveness | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 22 October 2014

January 17, 2016

Ajahn Brahm gives an energetic talk on the value of forgiveness for the spiritual life to an audience in Halifax, Canada in 2014.

Intellectual Materialism | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 January 2016

Intellectual Materialism | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 January 2016

January 16, 2016

Responding to a debate between Sam Harris and Deepak Chopra which appeared to be lacking in science and philosophy and resembled more the arguments had every day between ordinary people, Ajahn Brahm criticises intellectual materialism for lacking heart nor a sense of humour. The purpose of both religion and science should not be defending doctrines and books, but developing a deeper understanding of life and respect for one another. As Ajahn Brahm states,"We mistake the ideas for the truth. We mistake the theories for the underlying emotional freedom which those theories are supposed to be pointing. The sign posts are not the destination."

Rebirth | by Ajahn Brahmali | 2 November 2007

Rebirth | by Ajahn Brahmali | 2 November 2007

January 15, 2016

Ajahn Brahmali gives an accessible and easy to understand talk on rebirth - how we live life after life.

Read Your Heart, Not The Book | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 12 October 2007

Read Your Heart, Not The Book | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 12 October 2007

January 13, 2016

One question often asked by those new to Buddhism is "What holy books do you follow?". Ajahn Brahm responds by telling them that just as the Muslims follow the Koran and the Christians follow the Bible, Buddhists follow meditation. That means that the ultimate reference and authority within Buddhism, the real truth, is direct experience derived from a peaceful mind developed through meditation. This is the ultimate source of wisdom and truth.

Tolerance Explored | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10 August 2007

Tolerance Explored | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10 August 2007

January 12, 2016

Should we "tolerate" other people? Or is that just a bit patronising, or even a put-down? Ajahn Brahm explores what tolerance really means and ways in which we can do even better than tolerance.

Why practice self compassion? | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 17 October 2014

Why practice self compassion? | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 17 October 2014

January 11, 2016

Why practice self-compassion? A public talk at University of Toronto on October 17, 2014.