In early March, Ajahn Brahm lectured at the University of Hong Kong on the topic of “Seeing Meaning in Life through Buddhism and Science” to talk about Buddhism, science and life. In the first half of the lecture, A Jiang spoke first of all about scientific threats to religious beliefs. He cited several scientific research results to clarify that Buddhists are most qualified to think outside the box without being limited to academic knowledge;
 
In the second half, three experts from different fields came together to discuss the meaning of life with Ah Jiang. They are Dr. Berry Kerzin, Professor Guo Xin and Professor Chen Lichang. Kerzin is a member of the monks, teachers and doctors. He is currently a scholar of the Center for Spiritual and Life Studies and a therapist for the Dalai Lama. Guo Xin is a renowned astronomer and dean of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, while Chen Lichang is at the University of Hong Kong. Professor of pathology, director of the Center for Medicine and Humanities, is dedicated to humanistic care in blood cancer research and development medicine. The four people went through a two-hour conversation together. Everyone has a great reputation for explaining the meaning of life, science and the mind.

This talk was recorded in front of a large audience in an auditorium in Hong Kong. It is hosted by the organisation Buddhistdoor.

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This talk was recorded in front of a large audience in an auditorium in Hong Kong. It is hosted by the organisation Buddhistdoor.

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It sounds easy to just be in the present moment and let go of all the past and the future, but its hard to achieve this in meditation. Ajahn Brahm shows us how to find stillness in this present moment by embracing it. 

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Ajahn Brahm wrote the first half of his book "Opening the Door of Your Heart" in 2 weeks, writing one hour per day. Each day he would meditate for an hour or two before writing his stories. Whether you have a book to write or an exam to pass, Ajahn teaches us that life often goes more smoothly when you give yourself some time to be peaceful.

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Why is it that we get jealous? What are you jealous for? Is it something that you really want, which is really valuable in this world? Ajahn Brahm points out how being jealous of someone else is sacrificing your own happiness, when you could be rejoicing in their success and thereby increasing your happiness. In other words jealousy is a huge problem which stops you from being happy and stops you from getting happiness in other people’s successes.

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Ajahn Brahm answers questions about his recent resignation from his position as Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia.

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Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist attitudes to homosexuality and discrimination. Ajahn points out that religion should never be cruel to anybody because the whole idea of spirituality is to have peace, harmony, kindness and love towards everyone. Ajahn also says that being celibate is more deviant than being gay, lesbian or transsexual in our society.

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Ajahn began the night with his own brand of wit and humour making everyone laugh and relax.  Ajahn then encouraged us to keep a light heart in meditation, relax to the max, be peaceful and let go.  When we let go of the past and the future, we have nothing to bother us, nothing to worry about.  As the great philosopher Snoopy once said "worrying about the future never stops bad things happening, whether you worry about them or not they happen, but what it does stop you doing is enjoying the present moment".  Like everything else in life we have to practice, we need to train ourselves how to let go.  So meditation is our training in how to let go of the future and the past, just live in the present moment.  Don't try to improve yourself.  Don't try to change yourself.  Just care for yourself.

When Ajahn had us all relaxed and had our attention, he led us in a thirty minute guided meditation well suited to beginners and experienced alike.

After the meditation Ajahn then regaled us with more stories and jokes. Leaving us feeling relaxed and in good humour when we then socialised with all present with chocolate cake.  A relaxing and enjoyable evening was had by all.

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This talk was recorded by the Buddhist Society of Victoria. You can subscribe to their Youtube channel here.

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Ajahn Brahm teaches us about how to program our mind and Ajahn instructs us to mindfully give ourselves a clear instruction three times.

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Ajahn Brahm says, "Fear is looking into the future with a negative mind." Fear makes you fail and sick. Ajahn advises us how to be fearless and have fun.

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Where does an understanding of truth come from? Ajahn Brahm describes how it comes from the contemplation which is based on stillness, because when you are still you can see deeply and it does not come from thinking; if you think too much you only see the surface and superficial. Hence to really understand things deeply and find their true meaning you must train your mind to be still, so that it can penetrate deeply into the nature of things. Ajahn points out that it’s not what your taught which makes you wise, it is what you see that makes you wise.

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Ajahn Brahmavamso gives a talk at the Buddhist Society of Victoria on a weekend retreat on how to meditate with loving-kindness.

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In this talk to students in Melbourne, Ajahn Brahm offers some novel and unexpected ideas on how to deal with stress.

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Meditation guided by Ajahn Brahm. We apologise the introductory talk was accidently not recorded.

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Worrying never stops bad things from happening, but it stops you from enjoying the present moment. Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to relax and not overreact to stressful situations.

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Ajahn Brahm discusses death, dying and end of life issues.

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