Ajahn Dhiravamso gives a balanced approach to the Buddhist attitude to sense pleasures, pointing both to the danger of sense pleasures, but also how going to the opposite extreme also isn't helpful. By understanding the true nature of sense pleasures and the way to cultivate higher, more sustainable forms of happiness, we can change our attitude to life.
Ajahn Brahm gives an uplifting talk on developing a love of life through developing loving-kindness (metta).
Ajahn Brahm gives his own spin on the meaning of life as presented by the Ten Ox-herder's Pictures.
Ajahn Brahm explains how using a combination of compassion with wisdom we can free ourselves and others of life's problems.
Ajahn Brahmali points out that if you want to be happy it is much wiser to work directly on the mind rather than trying to find happiness indirectly via external stimuli. To work with the source of happiness (the mind) is much more efficient, and in this way we can change the mind directly which we never can through manipulating external things like possessions or fame, etc. Working to develop the mind is a much wiser, more direct and more far reaching method for developing happiness in life.
What is the meaning of life? Ajahn Brahm tackles this perennial question by starting with the goal - peace of mind - and working back from there. Even though it seems like were are after all sorts of other goals in life, what we're really looking for is peace of mind.
Ajahn Brahm addresses articles written recently about alleged dangers of meditation by pointing to the benefits of authentic meditation methods.
If were are able to see impermanence in the world we are able to see life as it really is. However, really seeing and understanding the quality of permanence in life is harder than we think. Ajahn Brahmali discusses what the problem of impermanence really means and how seeing it clearly can lead to greater freedom.
One of the unique qualities of Buddhism as a religion is that it not only allows questioning and inquiry, but actively encourages it. Ajahn Brahm argues that the quality of investigation is sacred in Buddhism as it is essential to developing knowledge on the Buddhist path.
Ajahn Nissarano describes the mantra "be here now" as being like the "coordinates for happiness", but also for developing peace and wisdom. He goes on to offer advice on how, amidst our busy lives, we can learn to "be here now".
Responding to a question, Ajahn Brahm talks about to deal with (the many!) difficult people there are in the world by applying the insights of Buddhist practice.