Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Peace In War | by Ayya Vayama | 21 March 2003

Peace In War | by Ayya Vayama | 21 March 2003

July 31, 2016

Ajahn Vayama talks about how to find peace in a time of war by looking to the source of peace within ourselves, and bringing that peace and well-being into the world.

Grief | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 March 2003

Grief | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 March 2003

July 30, 2016

Ajahn Brahm talks about feelings of grief and loss, and how to deal with them.

Making Peace | by Ayya Vayama | 21 February 2003

Making Peace | by Ayya Vayama | 21 February 2003

July 29, 2016

Ajahn Vayama talks about practicing to find peace, for the benefit of ourselves and for others.

Buddhist Meditation - The Way | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 February 2003

Buddhist Meditation - The Way | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 14 February 2003

July 28, 2016

Ajahn Brahm decides to indulge himself by talking about his favourite subject - meditation! Meditation is the Buddhist way of finding all the answers to all the spiritual and philosophical questions through direct personal experience - not via a priest, a holy scripture or any other mediated form. Meditation also helps us to deal with the stresses and problems in life by developing inner peace.

Loving Kindness Meditation | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 February 2003

Loving Kindness Meditation | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 7 February 2003

July 27, 2016

Ajahn Brahm gives guidance on loving kindness meditation.

Help | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 31 January 2003

Help | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 31 January 2003

July 26, 2016

Having been asked about the role of helping and serving others, Ajahn Brahm talks about both the beauty and goodness of helping others, but also the dangers like over-committing and burning out. Ajahn Brahm talks about how to help and serve others using both compassion and wisdom.

The Mundane & The Supramundane | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 24 January 2003

The Mundane & The Supramundane | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 24 January 2003

July 24, 2016

Ajahn Brahm reflects upon our mundane reality and the quest to attain supremundane experience.

Reflective Acceptance | by Ayya Vayama | 17 January 2003

Reflective Acceptance | by Ayya Vayama | 17 January 2003

July 23, 2016

Ayya Vayama talks about how we can find acceptance with change and loss through wisely reflecting upon circumstances.

Arguments | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10 January 2003

Arguments | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 10 January 2003

July 22, 2016

Ajahn Brahm explains where arguments come from and why we argue, so that we can understand each other and resolve difficulties without arguments.

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Why Me? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 January 2003

Why Me? | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 3 January 2003

July 21, 2016

Ever wondered why terrible, difficult, troublesome things happen to us? Ever asked yourself, "Why me?" Why are some people rich and others poor? How come there is so much inequality and injustice in the world? And where is all this leading? Ajahn Brahm explains.

Buddha Nature | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 27 December 2002

Buddha Nature | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 27 December 2002

July 20, 2016

Ajahn Brahm responds to a question about whether human nature is closer to the Mahayana Buddhist idea of "buddha nature" or the Christian idea of "original sin".

Abandoning Desire By Using Desire | by Ayya Vayama | 20 December 2002

Abandoning Desire By Using Desire | by Ayya Vayama | 20 December 2002

July 19, 2016

Ajahn Vayama uses the Buddhist teaching of the Iddhipadas (Roads to Success), especially the quality of aditthana (determination) which is a wholesome desire to overcome the unwholesome desires of sensual craving which lead to suffering.

Teachers From Hell | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 29 November 2002

Teachers From Hell | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 29 November 2002

July 18, 2016

We've all had problems with the boss from hell, the partner from hell, etceteras. Ajahn Brahm points out how all these difficult people have something to teach us, and a skillful way to go about dealing with these people is to calm the whole situation down using the same attitude that helps us calm our own mind.

A Different Perspective On Empathy | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 July 2016

A Different Perspective On Empathy | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 15 July 2016

July 17, 2016

Being empathetic is generally considered to be a positive in modern society, and within Buddhism. But Ajahn Brahm takes a different perspective on empathy, pointing out that often our empathy is directed to the negative feelings of others. There is a time and place for this, but we need to keep this in balance and also take some time to get some space away from the world to find calm and stability within.

Changing The World From Within | by Ayya Vayama | 22 November 2002

Changing The World From Within | by Ayya Vayama | 22 November 2002

July 15, 2016

Responding to the charge that Buddhism is "passive", Ajahn Vayama contends that the practice is very active, and very active at the point where we are not used to thinking of being active: namely, the mind. Through actively developing the mind, our speech and actions begin to change in accordance with the changes occurring within.

Mindfulness | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 1 November 2002

Mindfulness | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 1 November 2002

July 14, 2016

Ajahn Brahm focuses on how to develop the quality of mindfulness - a practice that has been central (e.g. it's a factor of Eightfold Path and Seven Factors of Enlightenment) to the teaching of Buddhism from the start. He goes on to talk about the varying degrees of attention and the ability to know what's going on in the mind and body.

Origins | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 25 October 2002

Origins | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 25 October 2002

July 13, 2016

Why does the universe come from? Why do we exist at all? Ajahn Brahm answers these questions from a Buddhist perspective.

Dead Loss | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 October 2002

Dead Loss | by Ajahn Brahmavamso | 18 October 2002

July 12, 2016

With people coming to him expressing their concerns about disasters and tragedies in the world, Ajahn Brahm talks about how to deal effectively with tragedy and loss in life.

Setting In Motion The Wheel Of Dhamma | by Ayya Vayama | 19 July 2002

Setting In Motion The Wheel Of Dhamma | by Ayya Vayama | 19 July 2002

July 11, 2016

Ajahn Vayama reflects upon the occasion upon which the Buddha gave his first teaching - the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta - The Discourse on Setting In Motion The Wheel Of Dhamma. Ajahn Vayama discusses the circumstances around this first teaching of the Buddha and the meaning of that teaching.

Courage | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 8 July 2016

Courage | Ajahn Brahmavamso | 8 July 2016

July 10, 2016

Ajahn Brahm reinterprets the Buddhist principle of “viriya” – often interpreted within Buddhist schools as being “energy” or “effort” – by point out that the root of the work “vira” means “hero”, and that we can interpret “viriya” (which is one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment”) as “heroism” or “courage”. It’s this attitude of courage that can help us to face and overcome many of life’s challenges.