We all want praise and to avoid blame. But no matter what we do, we get some blame and never quite enough praise. Ajahn Brahm talks about the fickle nature of praise and blame and how to be calm and unmoved by both.
The body can cause us all sorts of trouble, especially when we don’t have the body that we want! Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist attitude to the human body and the connection between the body and mind.
Ajahn Vayama teaches on how to make peace with the conditions present in meditation, whatever they may be.
Guest monk Ajahn Munindo gives a humourous and wise talk about cultivating the spiritual life – complete with its many unexpected twists!
Impatience can cause all sorts of problems in our lives, and the Buddha said that patience is the highest of the spiritual qualities. Moreover Buddhism always emphasises the importance of patience – they understand that there are many lives after all! So if you’re in a hurry to get enlightened, don’t forget to go slowly. Sit back, relax and enjoy this talk about patience.
Ajahn Brahm offers a practical and wise attitude to life, including how to let go of painful experiences. We can’t control everything that happens to ourselves and others in the world, but we can impact upon how we choose to look at it. Ajahn Brahm explains how to have a wise attitude to life.
Ajahn Visuddhi offers a teaching on dana, generosity or giving which he says is the foundation of Buddhism. Ajahn looks at why dana is one of the foundations of Buddhist practise? Why it is vital part of Buddhism? What are the benefits and reasons for practising generosity in Buddhism? Ajahn shares stories on dana and generosity.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the nature of consciousness.
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.
Doubt is a big problem in many people’s lives causing them anxiety and stress. Ajahn Brahm talks about what doubt is and how to deal effectively with it.
What is “good” and “bad”, “right” and “wrong”, and how are we to understand these moral concepts really mean? Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist persective.
Ajahn Vayama tells stories from the time of the Buddha about the Awakened Nuns and what they can teach us today.
Ajahn Brahm talks about mental illness from a Buddhist perspective.
Rebirth isn’t just a fundamental teaching of Buddhism, but also a very useful teaching that helps us see the BIG picture, not just of one life, but of many lives. It can help us to understand where we’ve come from, how we’ve developed certain characteristics and tendencies, and where we’re going. Equipped with modern evidence about the reality of rebirth, Ajahn Brahm gives a talk about the nature and value of the teaching of rebirth.
Faced with critics spreading doubt about whether we really can know about such things as rebirth, Ajahn Brahm counters that the point of Buddhism isn’t just to blindly believe but to investigate phenomena ourselves. The Buddha’s teaching doesn’t insist on blind obedient faith, but encourages inquiry, and offers people the tools to understand our own experience with greater clarity and depth. This talk by Ajahn Brahm isn’t so much about what to know, but how to know, and how to know for sure.
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on what the Buddha talk, taking the audience into a deeper perspective of what the Buddha realized on the night of his Awakening and what that really means for us all.
Ajahn Brahm offers a fresh slant on the Western view of injustices and the constant desire to right the wrongs and set things right.
Having just injured his foot by taking short cuts, Ajahn Nyanadhammo gives wise advice on the perils of trying to take “short cuts” on the Eightfold Path to Awakening, and how those perceived short cuts often end up being the long way around for those that attempt them. In the long run, the fastest route on the spiritual journey involves patience and persistence in developing the spiritual qualities that lead to liberation.
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.