Ajahn Brahm talks about the importance of trust in our personal lives and for the operation of a successful society. But most of us have trusted others and felt burned, and have given up on trust. Trust is a quality of great importance which we can develop and apply with wisdom.
Giving an unusual talk during the middle of the annual Rains Retreat, Ajahn Vayama talks about what goes on in a monastery during a period of retreat, particularly the focus on developing the inner practice of meditation and developing an insight into the nature of the mind.
Ajahn Vayama reflects back on her first ten years as a nun, ordaining and training in Sri Lanka, and upon how so many faithful people supported her and helped her get to the point of being able to establish a monastery in Australia. She goes on to celebrate with gratitude the generosity of her supporters in those early days and point to what we can all learn from this situation.
Ajahn Brahm guides us through a relaxation exercise using humour and common sense before guiding the meditation. After the meditation he talks of why we needn't change ourselves, but be comfortable and happy with who we are. He uses a simile of trees in the forest being bent, often broken and damaged, but beautiful none the less. You need not change it to think it beautiful. So why change yourself.
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on one of his favourite topics - reincarnation - and challenges us to reevaluate our doubts about reincarnation. Understanding reincarnation can help us understand our lives and to make peace with death.
The final week of a 4 week beginners meditation class with Venerable Nitho. Venerable expands on the ground work laid in weeks 1, 2 and 3 with the focus for the last week being Metta Meditation.
What is Metta Meditation?
Mettā (Pali) or maitrī (Sanskrit) means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, and active interest in others. It is the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras) and one of the ten pāramīs of the Theravāda school of Buddhism.
Venerable gives us real world examples of Metta Meditation to apply not only to the world and those around us, but to ourselves as well. If we are happy, chances are that those around us will feel that and respond in kind.