Confronted with people thinking that the world is going to end soon, Ajahn Brahm wisely replies by pointing out the impermanence in the world.
Ajahn Brahm talks about how to find meaning in life.
In this talk Ajahn Brahm debunks and demystifies religious rituals, asking us to take a sceptical approach to rituals and understand how rituals can be abused.
When Ajahn Brahm was a young man first interested in Buddhism, he had no interest whatsoever in chanting, which appeared to be a useless ritual associated with a rational religion. These days, as he explains, he has a greater appreciation of the power of chanting - in fact he does it nearly every day. Having never given a talk on this topic before, Ajahn Brahm opens up about the power of chanting.
Ajahn Dhiravamso discusses a core teaching of Buddhism that if often misconstrued by popular culture - the law of kamma. In this talk Ajahn Dhiravamso picks apart the confused idea in popular culture and clarifies how the law of kamma (action) really works.
This talk, given in 2009, occurred in the week after Ajahn Brahm was expelled from the tradition of monasteries in Thailand that he ordained in for his role in ordination of bhikkhunis (fully ordained nuns). It starts with an explanation of what occurred, and then Ajahn Brahm goes on to explain why and how to look forward to the future with happiness.
All the problems of life are ultimately relationship problems. Not just with spouses and significant others, but also with our families, friends, work colleagues, and also with ourselves and with life itself. Ajahn Brahm offers wise advice on how to deal with the problems in relationships but also to cultivate happy, healthy relationships.
On the auspicious occasion of ordaining the first four Theravadan Buddhist bhikkhunis (fully ordained nuns) in 2009 in the Southern Hemisphere - part of the move to reconstitute the bhikkhuni sangha into the Theravadan Buddhist world - Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on the topic of courageous decision-making.
To understand Buddhism and to understand life, we must understand the truth of suffering in life. The Four Noble Truths are oriented around suffering, it's cause and freedom from suffering. Ajahn Brahmali uses this talk to put things into perspective and understand the problem of suffering.