Ajahn Vayama gives a talk on the time just before the Buddha’s Awakening, demonstrating the power of goodness as an example to us all.
Whilst the practice of meditation is very important, so too is the basics of how we relate to the people in our lives every day. The quality of the relationships that we develop with our family, work colleagues and the people we meet with every day is going to have a strong bearing on the quality of our minds and the quality of our lives, so it pays to give wise attention to this according to Ajahn Vayama.
Ajahn Vayama puts a Buddhist slant on the saying “Seeing is believing”, but drawing out the powerful role of perception in skewing what we sense and understand reality.
Ayya Vayama discusses how to relate to various kinds of thinking through mindfulness and understanding.
Given that the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism deal with suffering, one can be forgiven for thinking that Buddhist’s have a pretty miserable attitude to life. However, as Ajahn Vayama explains, really what the Buddha was teaching was the pathway to achieving ever greater levels of happiness in life. Using recent findings from the fields of psychology and sociology, Ajahn Vayama discusses the Buddhist understanding and practices that are aimed at creating happiness and how research methods are increasingly validating Buddhist teachings and practice.
Using the analogy of a bush fire, Ajahn Vayama explains how to put out the fires of suffering in our lives. All of us live in the forest of greed, hatred and delusion, and all of us are at risk of getting burned at any time. With this in mind, we need to turn our minds to understanding the dangers of a fire breaking out any time, and of preparing ourselves through mindfulness and cultivating the spiritual qualities.
Ajahn Vayama reflects upon some of the teachings that the Buddha gave to the bhikkhunis (fully ordained nuns) and how that applies in the modern era.
Ajahn Vayama gives advice on how we can develop the courage to face our fears.
Ajahn Vayama talks about some of the problems that arise when we start practicing meditation and advice on how to deal with these challenges.
Everyone is fooled by the view of self. So much suffering is created through the greed, hatred and delusion generated from the view of self. Ajahn Vayama gives wise advice on how we can start seeing through the illusion of the view of self through to seeing this as they really are.
The taking of the Three Refuges in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is a traditional indication of what it means to be a Buddhist. In this talk, Ajahn Vayama outlines what it means to take the Three Refuges and live life as a Buddhist.
Ajahn Vayama teaches on how to make peace with the conditions present in meditation, whatever they may be.
The Buddha said that “the mind is the forerunner” to all thought, speech and action. Ajahn Vayama talks about how Buddhist practice helps us to see directly how the mind is the forerunner of all actions of body, speech and mind, and to train the mind to act skillfully in order to avoid the painful consequences of karma, and to cultivate the pleasant consequences of skillful karma.
Ajahn Vayama gives an uplifting talk about the benefits of developing the mind through generosity, virtue and meditation. As she explains, the benefit of practice isn't about changing the world for the better, but about the inner transformation - the miracle in the heart.
Ajahn Vayama tells stories from the time of the Buddha about the Awakened Nuns and what they can teach us today.
We usually only notice kamma and its consequences (fruit) when we receive the consequences of bad kamma that makes us suffer. So how we to understand this? And how are we to deal with the consequences of bad kamma made in the past? Ajahn Vayama offers advice on how to take a wise approach to dealing with the fruit of bad kamma.
Ajahn Vayama discusses various aspects of the quality of mindfulness in meditation and daily life.
Speaking on the 30th Anniversary of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Ajahn Vayama talks about how Buddhism is a living religion in the contemporary world.
Strong emotions can overwhelm us making us feel out of control. Is this something we should guard against? Ajahn Vayama talks about some of the different types of emotions relating whether these strong emotions are beneficial or harmful for us, depending on how we relate to them.
Ajahn Vayama guides a meditation for approximately thirty minutes.
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