Ajahn Brahm answers the questions. Why do Buddhists have and keep five precepts? Why do some people not keep precepts? Ajahn focuses particularly on why Buddhists keep the precepts of no sexual misconduct and intoxicants that cloud the mind such as alcohol and drugs.

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Ajahn used his experience when writing the book “Good? Bad? Who knows?”, to encourage us not to try constantly for perfection but rather to accept who we are and what is happening in our lives.  We can’t see the future, we can’t change the past, so just be happy in the present.

Ajahn then guided us through a meditation suitable for beginners and experienced alike.

Following the meditation Ajahn kept us well entertained with stories plus jokes about life experiences.  As Ajahn says “Good? Bad? Who knows?”.  If something happens that seems a disaster, look for the silver lining or rather, accept it for what it is and live in the moment”.

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Why can't we just have a sense of tolerance for one another? Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to expand our circle of compassion towards others. Ajahn also teaches us how to practice compassion towards difficult situations.

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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and an interview at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka – November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. 

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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and an interview at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka – November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. This talk is entitled: The Importance of Meditation. 

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On the invitation of the Prime Minister, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Ajahn Brahm delivers two Dhamma talks and is interviewed at the 7th World Buddhist Summit in Sri Lanka in November 2017. Recorded at the Temple Trees Auditorium by Dharmavahini Foundation. This talk is entitled: Effective Management.

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Ajahn Appichato responds to a question relating to the factor of the Eightfold Path called Samma-vaca - "Right Speech".

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Ajahn Brahm shares some techniques on how to deal with addictions. (Apologies for the clunky edit at the start!)

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"Stop trying to make things perfect. This is as good as it gets," says Ajahn Brahm.  Ajahn teaches us that the ultimate reality is a "work in progress" and is never finished, so he encourages us to relax and be content with our life and let things be.

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Often we reject or ignore the reality of uncertainty. Yet the only thing that is certain about life is that it's uncertain. This uncertainty (anicca) is according to Buddhism a fundamental and universal quality of existence. Ajahn Brahm explains how best to relate to the uncertainty of life.

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The Buddha said perceiving in the right way can take you all the way to awakening. We can change and develop our perceptions to support our path to awakening.

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Venerable Nitho led us on a guided walk through the mountains of Norway.  Venerable used his Rains Retreat experience to teach us that our thoughts, emotions and day to day experiences are just like meeting someone on a walk.  Don’t engage them, you smile, say hello, then continue walking.  Just as we notice the thoughts that enter our minds and let them go.

After the meditation Venerable opened the floor to a Q&A.

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Ajahn Brahm often says, "Suffering is asking from life what it cannot give you."  Ajahn teaches us how to live a much happier and peaceful life by lowering our expectations. 

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Venerable Cunda lead us first through a guided meditation most suitable to those of us that need to relax both physically and mentally.  The meditation was suitable for beginners and experienced alike.  A body scan and simply relaxing as much as possible allows us to also relax the mind.

After the guided meditation Venerable introduced himself and gave an excellent dharma talk. He then encouraged us in our practice by relating why he became a Buddhist Monk, the impact it has had on both his health, life in general and all those around him.

Venerable then spoke on the five precepts and then opened the floor to Q&A.

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Venerable Kelsang Nampur, a resident teacher at Dharmapala Buddhist Centre in Fremantle, was a guest speaker during the rains retreat in 2011 at BSWA Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre. Venerable talks about the Buddhist way to increase mental energy in our everyday busy life. 

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Ajahn Brahm talks about the fault-finding mind that just looks at what is wrong with things. Ajahn explains how life doesn’t go 'wrong,' it just goes different and people are not 'wrong', but different. Ajahn tells the classic ancient Buddhist stories of The Anger-Eating Demon and the The Two Arrows.

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Ajahn Brahm shares some techniques on how to deal with addictions. (Apologies for the clunky edit at the start!)

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Venerable Hasapanna teaches us how to develop loving-kindness particularly towards ourselves. Such as by sending loving-kindness to ourselves, being kind towards ourselves, forgiving ourselves and letting go of our grudges. Venerable also emphasizes the importance of forgiving people in our times of difficulties.

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November 19, 2017

Justice | Ajahn Brahmavamso

Ajahn Brahm talks about Buddhism and human rights, including what the Buddhist understanding of justice is and how it challenges conventional thinking. Ajahn also reflects on what freedom of religion and freedom from religion means and its advantages and disadvantages.

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Ajahn Appichato gives a Buddhist perspective on how and why we search for meaning in our life, and how to be ready for death, with a lesson on generosity from his time in Thailand.

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