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.
Everyone is fooled by the view of self. So much suffering is created through the greed, hatred and delusion generated from the view of self. Ajahn Vayama gives wise advice on how we can start seeing through the illusion of the view of self through to seeing this as they really are.
Responding to a call from the United States from someone concerned about global warming, ecological destruction and its impact on humanity, Ajahn Brahm shares Buddhism's predictions about the end of the world - DOOMSDAY!
The taking of the Three Refuges in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is a traditional indication of what it means to be a Buddhist. In this talk, Ajahn Vayama outlines what it means to take the Three Refuges and live life as a Buddhist.
For nearly all of the past 14 months we've been posting a new dhamma talk nearly every day. Over the next 5 weeks we need to redirect our energies to a getting a new website up and running for the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and as a result, there won't be so many posts coming through on the podcast during this period. But stay tuned as there's much to look forward to as the monks and nuns will be giving new dhamma talks starting in October, and a new website to be released in November.
The key to religion, to compassion and spirituality isn't about focusing on just ourselves, nor just on focusing on others, but focusing on the space in between and how we relate to one another. Ajahn Brahm offers a fresh perspective on developing the spiritual path.
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.
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.
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.