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.
The problem many people have with meditation is that they try so hard and try the wrong way. Ajahn Brahm explains how to have nice meditation by stopping the trying, and just letting go.
Western society is caught up with the idea of punishment that we often condemn ourselves with guilt, and seek to punish ourselves for perceived wrongdoing. Ajahn Brahm says to hell with this punishment and advocates taking a kinder, more loving approach to the people in our lives, especially ourselves.
In the wake of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Ajahn Brahm received numerous requests on how to deal with the inevitable tragedies in life. He offers advice on how to deal with tragedies with wisdom and compassion.
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 Plien has been a monk for many decades, and is well connected with the roots of the Thai Forest Tradition. He has many tales of monastic life in the wild jungles, and is famous for his profound calm and wisdom. In this talk, he is assisted by Ajahn Brahm who acts as a translator for Ajahn Plien’s wise answers to questions from the audience.
Ajahn Brahm uses the metaphor of a prison to outline a Buddhist conception of samsara (the process of being born, ageing and dying) as well as explaining how to escape the prison.
Ajahn Vayama gives advice on how we can develop the courage to face our fears.
Buddhism is a form of psychology that has been around for over 2600 years. Many people in the contemporary world draw parallels between Buddhism and Western Psychology. In this talk Ajahn Brahm focuses on the differences between Buddhism and psychology.
Ajahn Brahm starts with a personal story of how he experienced hopelessness, and goes on to talk about the feeling of hopelessness that can beset us, and how to overcome that feeling through persistence over the longer term.
In our busy modern lives, it’s easy to end up feeling mentally and emotionally drained by the pace of life. It’s so hard to balance all the demands on our time and energy. Ajahn Brahm has the secret to finding happiness, starting with the understanding that mental energy equals happiness. Ajahn Brahm explains how to increase that energy, in every present moment…
Ajahn Brahm gives advice on how to help children overcome their problems, bearing in mind that children come into this life with the karma from their past life, and that we can nurture and influence children, but not control their life.
Ajahn Brahm elaborates upon the meaning of a quote of the Buddha from the Dhammapada: “To refrain from what is wrong, to cultivate the good, and to purify the mind. This is the teaching of all the Buddhas”. Whilst it’s a simple quote it sums up what we are trying to do by practicing Buddhism very concisely. Ajahn Brahm explains the meaning of this stanza by explaining what it means to do what is good.
Ajahn Brahm asks the contentious question, ‘who is right?’ Is it the Christians, the Muslims, the Hindus or the Buddhists? And if you believe in Buddhism, which school of Buddhism is right – Theravada or Mahayana? As Ajahn Brahm explains, these comparisons are the source of several pointless arguments. He goes on to offer a methodology for people to find the answers for themselves without wasting time with arguments.
Discipline in society, tend to be closely related to something forceful. Ajahn Brahm explains that encouragement, positive reinforcement, and kindness work better than fear or threat.
Ajahn Vayama talks about some of the problems that arise when we start practicing meditation and advice on how to deal with these challenges.
This dharma talk by Ajahn Brahm is about how to respond skillfully to physical pain – one of the most difficult and inevitable challenges that we’ll all have to deal with in life. Ajahn Brahm offers some strategies to deal with physical pain.
Responding to a question about the Buddhist response to animal abuse, Ajahn Brahm expands on the themes of morality and compassion for all beings.
Ajahn Brahm discusses one of the more profound and deep topics in Buddhism – Dependent Origination – but does so in a way that is accessible to beginners to Buddhism, and with tips that can be applied in this life to attain greater happiness and freedom.
Ajahn Brahm discusses the topic of rebirth (otherwise known as reincarnation) – how to understand it and what it means for us and how we live our lives.