“Meditation is better than sex!” So says Ajahn Brahm who is happy to celebrate the benefits of celibacy.
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.
Is it really possible to be happy in the world? Or is there something inherently wrong with the system, and no matter what we do with our relationships, with our circumstances, with our mind, that we can’t really be happy? Ajahn Brahm takes us deeper into the notion of what happiness really is, and how true happiness can be found.
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.
Often we are tempted to try to take charge of things in the world and fix the world’s problems. Ajahn Brahm queries this urge to control, and says that another way is to understand and adapt. Indeed control freakery is very much the cause of the problems of the world and being another control freak is not necessarily the answer at all. Ajahn Brahm also refers to the example of the Buddha who could have become a “wheel turning monarch” ruling over much of the world, but instead chose to become the world’s wisest teacher.
Ajahn Brahm discusses the Buddhist attitude to responsibility – what responsibility really means and how to deal with it.
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.
Is everything really interconnected? Is being disconnected always such a bad thing? Ajahn Brahm challenges the prevailing orthodoxy within Buddhism by pointing out when things are interconnected, when they’re not, and how understanding this can be useful on our path to find peace and happiness.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the different sects of Buddhism, how it all came to be this way and what it means. Ultimately it’s all the same cake, just different icing on top.
Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist perspective on sex and sexuality.