Pride and arrogance cause all sorts of problems in life - for those who have to put up with it AND for those who are purveyors of it! Ajahn Brahm talks about the many manifestations of conceit, and the cure to conceit and arrogance: humility.
Ajahn Brahm reflects upon the causes of conflict in the world, and offers a Buddhist approach to resolving conflict within society, and within ourselves.
Ajahn Brahm challenges the very contemporary notion of ‘inter-connectedness’, pointing out that it hasn’t any basis in the teachings of the Buddha. Ajahn Brahm offers a very different perspective – that “connectedness” is basically the same thing as “attachment” from a Buddhist perspective. It’s not that “attachment” is “bad”, but rather that there is a time to attach and a time to let go.
Ajahn Brahm discusses the meaning of love from a Buddhist perspective.
Ajahn Brahm spontaneously gives a talk on a core Buddhist teaching that is often misunderstood or even rejected in the West - the truth of rebirth, that we live life after life.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the happiness and peace which comes from renunciation. Renouncing negative behaviours, renouncing excess material possessions, and renouncing attachments to forcing the world to fit in with our preferences.
In response to a request about what to do with suffering in ourselves and in others, Ajahn Brahm offers advice on how we can respond wisely.
Ajahn Brahm talks on the topic of why Buddhism is growing in so many parts of the world.
Ajahn Vayama talks about the importance to practice of having a commitment to Enlightenment.
Ajahn Brahm gives wise advice on how to know who is a real teacher and a real teaching that can help us to make progress on the spiritual path. As Ajahn Brahm says, a real teacher won't tell you what to do, but will show you how to do it.
Ajahn Brahm gives wise advice on how to resolve arguments and disputes - with our family, our work mates and others - and find peaceful resolution.
Ayye Vayama talks about the two strains of Buddhist meditation - calm (samatha) and insight (vipassana) - and how we need to use these in tandem to develop the mind.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the power of anger, and how it can be quenched and released through the power of forgiveness.
Ever wondered who and what you really are? Ajahn Brahm answers the question from a Buddhist perspective pointing out that all we really are, are the five aggregates of consciousness, feeling, perception, thoughts (mental formations) and the body.
This is the first audio talk recorded by the BSWA at Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre in April 2001. In this talk Ajahn Brahm discusses the Buddhist teaching of anatta - the absence of a self.
Many people come to find out about Buddhism to get something out of it and find a solution to their problems. That's fine and good, but if you really want to turn your life around and find inner happiness, then it's time to start serving others and giving back, as Ajahn Brahm explains.
Responding to an online request, Ajahn Brahm talks about celebrating "Buddhamas" on the 25th December.
From a Buddhist perspective, thinking about death isn't a negative, dark and depressing act, but rather, thinking about death can be very useful, putting life in perspective, and even leading the mind in to peace. Ajahn Brahmali gives advice on how to wisely contemplate death.
Ajahn Brahm clarifies the true meaning of mindfulness, including such factors as 'remembering the instructions', as well as remembering the dhamma as each new situation arises.