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.
One of the Divine Abodes (brahmaviharas) taught by the Buddha that is often overlooked is that of sympathetic joy (mudita), that feeling of joy for the happiness of others. Ajahn Brahm explains what it is and how to arouse this divine emotion.
If you've got an itchy head, would you scratch your bum? Ajahn Brahm explains that one of the elements of the spiritual path is the attention and wisdom to recognise where and when you have a problem and thereby directing your efforts in that area - rather than the wrong area - in order to get a the right result. And ultimately we need to recognise the causes of happiness and suffering within ourselves, rather than blaming others for our problems.
Ajahn Brahm rounds out the 'basics of Buddhism' series by teaching about something that is key to Buddhist understanding of life: kamma and rebirth. This is part 4 of 4 in the Introduction to Buddhism Series.
Ajahn Brahm offers a fundamentally Buddhist perspective of the mind - the "sixth sense" according to Buddhism - and the fundamentally Buddhist practice of meditation which allows us to come to a full understanding of the mind via direct experience. This is part 2 of 4 in the Introduction to Buddhism Series.