Ajahn Vayama reflects upon the occasion upon which the Buddha gave his first teaching – the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta – The Discourse on Setting In Motion The Wheel Of Dhamma. Ajahn Vayama discusses the circumstances around this first teaching of the Buddha and the meaning of that teaching.
Ajahn Brahm gives us a deeper understanding of what true freedom - spiritual freedom - really is.
On the occasion (in 2002) of coming out of a six month long silent meditation retreat, Ajahn Brahm shares part of that experience with the audience in this talk.
Ajahn Vayama exhorts us to practice in a way to see things as they really are, by connecting with the experience of the five external senses (the body) and the Three Characteristics of existence (impermanence, suffering, non-self).
Ajahn Vayama helps us to ground our minds in the reality of the present moment through mindfulness of the body.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo discusses the final few weeks of the life of the Buddha including his final teachings, and his final passing away (parinibbana) as told in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Ajahn Vayama tells the story from the time of the Buddha of the woman who struck tragedy, but went on to become an fully awakened nun.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo gives a talk around a teaching given by the Buddha in which he answers 10 questions which are central to the search for meaning.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo discusses how to set up the mind in meditation.
Ajahn Vayama gives a talk about relationships in the modern world from a Buddhist perspective.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo talks about the Seven Factos of Awakening (Bojjhanga) as they apply to states of mind in meditation.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo offers advice on decision-making; how to make judgement based on what is right and wrong; and direct our lives in a way which is skillful and beneficial. To do this we need to develop the inner spiritual qualities (bhavana) of tranquility and wisdom.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo shares with us with talk with numerous tales of psychic phenomena from his time in Thailand.
Ajahn Vayama talks about forgiveness to close off old wounds and live happily.
The reasons why being still in meditation can be challenging, is because of one (or more) of five things: sensual craving, ill-will, slothfulness, restlessness and doubt. Ajahn Nyanadhammo explains what the Five Hindrances are and how to overcome them to attain tranquility and insight.
Having just spent time with a dying lay woman and her funeral, Ajahn Vayama speaks about how we can face dying with calm and resolution.
Honoured guest Ajahn Plien, a great meditation master from the north of Thailand (Chiang-Mai region) was invited to visit the Buddhist Society of Western Australia and share his wisdom. This session starts with an outline of Ajahn Plien’s past, including being a disciple the legendary Ajahn Mun and Ajahn Waerne in the Thai forest tradition. It then goes on to a session taking questions from the audience with answers translated by Ajahn Nyanadhammo.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo talks about the process of dying and what lay beyond the death of the body.
The Buddha saw family as the foundation for the development of healthy individuals and a healthy society. Ajahn Vayama talks about the role of the family and parents within Buddhist society.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo talks about the development of the Ten Paramis (a.k.a. ‘perfections’, ‘virtues’) in a way that connects with contemporary life.
Those 10 qualities are:
1. Dāna pāramī : generosity, giving of oneself
2. Sīla pāramī : virtue, morality, proper conduct
3. Nekkhamma pāramī : renunciation
4. Paññā pāramī : transcendental wisdom, insight
5. Viriya pāramī : energy, diligence, vigour, effort
6. Khanti pāramī : patience, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance
7. Sacca pāramī : truthfulness, honesty
8. Adhiṭṭhāna pāramī : determination, resolution
9. Mettā pāramī : loving-kindness
10. Upekkhā pāramī : equanimity, serenity