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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.