Ajahn Vayama offers advice on why and how to create a life of inner wealth.
Ajahn Brahm discusses both the perceived dangers and pleasures of sensuality, and a Buddhist approach to understanding the sensuality of the world. Denial of the senses, labelling them evil or even completely prohibiting sense indulgence is not the Buddhist way. Meditation and mindfulness allow practitioners to deal with sensuality wisely, particularly if it is destructive to one’s self or others.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the control/freedom paradox. How much of our lives is *actually* controlled by us, how much by forces outside ourselves? How free are we? The relinquishment of our controlling impulse brings freedom, while the ego, with its judgement apparatus, leads to bondage and despair.
Why is it that we get jealous? What are you jealous for? Is it something that you really want, which is really valuable in this world? Ajahn Brahm points out how being jealous of someone else is sacrificing your own happiness, when you could be rejoicing in their success and thereby increasing your happiness. In other words jealousy is a huge problem which stops you from being happy and stops you from getting happiness in other people’s successes.
Ajahn Brahmali discusses the dangers of religious cults, including in Buddhism – how we can recognise them, and how to react to cults in society.
Ajahn Sister Vayama advising on how to share our own experiences of suffering and happiness with others to help all of us.
Inspired by a recent fellowship with brother Benedictine monks from north of Perth, Ajahn Brahm offers advice on which authorities we should be obedient to and why.
Is religion just for wowsers who are putting off their happiness until the next life? Is there room for laughter in religion? What is happiness anyway? Ajahn Brahm offers a fresh perspective on the role of happiness in the religious life, and the choice between different types of happiness that we make – and having a good time along the way.
Anger and ill-will is a range emotions that goes from minor irritation all the way up to a furious rage. We’ve all experienced this emotion and it can be both intoxicating and very unpleasant. It’s also a major obstacle on the path of Buddhist practice. Ajahn Brahmali discusses the problems with ill-will, and how to overcome it.
Ayye Vayama talks about the place of meditation in the Buddhist path, and the benefits of a meditation practice.
Much of energy in people’s lives is directed towards the worldly challenges of getting stronger, getting more money and status. But are these really worthy challenges that lead us to happiness? Or shall we seek out difficult situations in life to grow from those challenges? Ajahn Brahm casts a fresh light upon facing life’s challenges.
Ajahn Brahm gives advice on how to deal with the grief and loss associated with the death of those close to us, and how to deepen our understanding of life and death in the process.
What can we do to find some meaning, to find some truth and how can we use it to create some sense of peace and happiness and harmony in this fractured world.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist attitudes to homosexuality and discrimination. Ajahn points out that religion should never be cruel to anybody because the whole idea of spirituality is to have peace, harmony, kindness and love towards everyone. Ajahn Brahm says that being celibate is more deviant than being gay, lesbian or transsexual in our society.
Intelligence: What is it? How do we recognize it? And how do we develop it? Ajahn Brahm outlines a Buddhist perspective on intelligence.
Setting goals is all the rage these days. But how do we resolve the notion of setting goals in life with the Buddhist teaching of letting go and going with the flow? Ajahn Brahm explains how to set goals that are worthwhile and more likely to attain success.
Ajahn Brahm offers insights and suggestions on how to resolve conflict from the small scale to the large, and create a way forward to lasting peace and harmony.
Has religion and spirituality got a future? If so, where is religion in general, and Buddhism in particular heading in future? Ajahn Brahm shares his thoughts on the matter.
Ajahn Brahmali outlines a brief history of Buddhism, the impact on Buddhist scriptures, and how this has come to influence our understanding of Buddhism in the modern era.
Ajahn Brahm explores the topic of assisted voluntary euthanasia, but also goes deeper by giving advice on how to die a virtuous death.