Ayye Vayama explains the meaning behind some Buddhist traditions, and how reflecting upon the qualities of the Buddha can be a powerful and uplifting practice that strengthens confidence and energises the practice.
Ayye Vayama reflects upon how happiness is a frame of mind that can be developed through understanding the causes of happiness and actively cultivating the thoughts and habits of mind that lead to happiness. She then goes on to explain what the Four Brahmaviharas (Divine Abodes) can be developed that lead to happiness.
Ajahn Vayama offers advice on why and how to create a life of inner wealth.
Ajahn Sister Vayama advising on how to share our own experiences of suffering and happiness with others to help all of us.
Ayye Vayama talks about the place of meditation in the Buddhist path, and the benefits of a meditation practice.
“Though touched by worldly circumstances, never the mind is wavering.” Ayye Vayama advising on how to keep the balance of ones mind through the ups and downs of life.
In response to the question, “In an impermanent world how can we have permanent relationships?” Ayye Vayama answers this and other questions from a pragmatic and wise Buddhist perspective, by distinguishing between conventional and absolute reality.
In response to questions asking how to bear with and get through very difficult times in life, Ayye Vayama gives advice on how to hang on through adversity.
Mind arises through contact through the external senses. However these external contacts are filtered through the mind’s filter of perception, fundamentally changing our attitude to our experience. We use perception to make sense of the world, but it can also skew our perceptions and reactions to experience. Ajahn Vayama explains how to understand the process of perception in our lives.
Having just returned from pilgrimage to the Buddhist Holy Sites in India and Nepal, Ajahn Vayama responds to a request from the audience to talk about how cause and effect operate in our daily lives. This talk also has some interesting information about pilrimage for those who haven’t heard much about it before.
What does it mean to be married? How does a couple develop a happy marriage? And what advice did the Buddha have for those wanting to get married, and those who are already married? Ayye Vayama discusses the topic of marriage from a Buddhist perspective.
Responding to a recent question on whether it is possible for women to become enlightened? Ajahn Vayama gives a talk on the history of the nun’s order and shares stories of the fully enlightened nun’s in the past and women who have left their families and sometimes royal privileges to enter the monastic life. Hence demonstrating that women have the same capacity and potential for spiritual growth as males.
Ajahn Vayama ponders what it is Buddhist practitioners are trying to accomplish in terms of the mind? Ajahn Vayama reveals what we are practising and why. And shares advice on how to be mindful of our body and mind.
Ajahn Vayama gives an enlightening talk about how the limitations on our perceptions can cause us to have misleading and inaccurate views about how the world works, including how our own minds work. Only when we develop a mindful attitude and ability to step back and look at the conditions upon the mind can we begin to untangle the puzzle of life.
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 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.