Ajahn Brahm answers the questions. Why do Buddhists have and keep five precepts? Why do some people not keep precepts? Ajahn focuses particularly on why Buddhists keep the precepts of no sexual misconduct and intoxicants that cloud the mind such as alcohol and drugs.

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Ajahn used his experience when writing the book “Good? Bad? Who knows?”, to encourage us not to try constantly for perfection but rather to accept who we are and what is happening in our lives.  We can’t see the future, we can’t change the past, so just be happy in the present.

Ajahn then guided us through a meditation suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

Following the meditation Ajahn kept us well entertained with stories plus jokes about life experiences.  As Ajahn says “Good? Bad? Who knows?”.  If something happens that seems a disaster, look for the silver lining or rather, accept it for what it is and live in the moment”.

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Ajahn Brahm explains Vipassana and Samatha meditation and tells us the story entitled "Meditation Mountain." Furthermore, Ajahn teaches us how to develop stillness through kindness. 
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Why can't we just have a sense of tolerance for one another? Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to expand our circle of compassion towards others. Ajahn also teaches us how to practice compassion towards difficult situations.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.
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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and an interview at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka – November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. 

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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and an interview at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka – November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. This talk is entitled: The Importance of Meditation. 

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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and is interviewed at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka in November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. This talk is entitled: Effective Management.

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Ajahn Brahm shares some techniques on how to deal with addictions. (Apologies for the clunky edit at the start!)

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Why do have to think so many useless thoughts? Ajahn Brahm says it's because we want to escape the present moment. Ajahn offers us practical advice on how to make peace with the present moment.

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"Stop trying to make things perfect. This is as good as it gets," says Ajahn Brahm.  Ajahn teaches us that the ultimate reality is a "work in progress" and is never finished, so he encourages us to relax and be content with our life and let things be.

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Ajahn Brahm guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Often we reject or ignore the reality of uncertainty. Yet the only thing that is certain about life is that it's uncertain. This uncertainty (anicca) is according to Buddhism a fundamental and universal quality of existence. Ajahn Brahm explains how best to relate to the uncertainty of life.

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Ajahn Brahm often says, "Suffering is asking from life what it cannot give you."  Ajahn teaches us how to live a much happier and peaceful life by lowering our expectations. 

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Ajahn Brahm  guides a meditation for approximately 30 minutes.

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Ajahn Brahm talks about the fault-finding mind that just looks at what is wrong with things. Ajahn explains how life doesn’t go 'wrong,' it just goes different and people are not 'wrong', but different. Ajahn tells the classic ancient Buddhist stories of The Anger-Eating Demon and the The Two Arrows.

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Ajahn Brahm shares some techniques on how to deal with addictions. (Apologies for the clunky edit at the start!)

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November 19, 2017

Justice | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Ajahn Brahm talks about Buddhism and human rights, including what the Buddhist understanding of justice is and how it challenges conventional thinking. Ajahn also reflects on what freedom of religion and freedom from religion means and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Responding to a question from an online viewer, Ajahn Brahm discusses when and how best to find fault, but also how to find beauty in our imperfect world too.

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Ajahn regaled us with his usual wit and humour, teaching us to relax our bodies beforehand so that we may then relax our minds.  Ajahn used his stories and jokes to both relax us and move us to a more happy state of mind before leading us in a beginners meditation.

Following the meditation Ajahn again used wit and humour to keep us relaxed.  As Ajahn has said to us many times “Stop looking into the past, reliving bad things that have happened, or imagining a future that may never happen, and live in the moment”.

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