Ayye Vayama discusses how knowledge and practice of the Buddha Dharma develops the mind in the direction of liberation.
Ayye Vayama talks about setting up of sacred spaces – in time and place – where people can come into for the purposes of remembrance, or for calm and contemplation.
Ayye Vayama talks on how the practice of Buddhism can help us to deal with differences with others in terms of attitudes, lifestyle, opinions, etceteras, without making adverse judgments against others.
Ajahn Vayama investigates what intention is at a deeper level, and how to become more aware of how intention works in the mind so that we can direct our lives in the direction we consciously want it to go.
0:13 Homage to the Triple Gem
3:02 Recollection of the Buddha
3:53 Recollection of the Dhamma
4:33 Recollection of the Sangha
5:58 Requesting the Five Precepts
6:40 Taking the Three Refuges and Five Precepts
10:56 Metta Sutta (English)
15:09 Metta Sutta (Pali)
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Ayye Vayama gives the analogy of a bushfire and how even the most catastrophic bushfires start from small sparks. So even small sparks can pose great danger. Similarly, small sparks of unwholesome thoughts like anger and greed can cause great harm in our lives. Ayye Vayama talks about how to deal with these sparks to prevent a fire in our heart and mind.
Ayye Vayama talks about two approaches to liberating the mind, focusing on finding freedom in the mind/heart through the practice of meditation.
Mindfulness isn’t an end itself, but a means of uncovering the deeper truths of existence that the Buddhist teachings are encouraging us to see. Mindfulness is the first of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. Ayye Vayama reminds us how developing mindfulness is an essential quality of mind that leads to insight, knowledge and ultimately to Awakening.
Often we feel disappointed with how our lives are progressing and how our progress on the spiritual path is going. Ajahn Vayama tries to put this all in perspective by seeing the bigger picture of where we are at on our spiritual journey.
Responding to the question,”What is the best meditation to do when one is dying?” Ayye Vayama offers advice on how we can practice in such a way to prepare the mind for dying, and to yield other benefits from this practice too.
Ayye Vayama explains the origin of the term that the Buddha used to refer to himself – the Tathagata. She then goes on to explain the significance of this term and what it means to all of us who are seeking the path to Awakening in this modern world.
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.