Vesak Day is the full moon night in May and commerates the birth of the bodhisatta Siddhartha Gotama, his Awakening thereby becoming the Buddha, and final passing away (parinibbana). Whilst much of the world seeks alcohol and drugs to get high, those who are inspired by the message and path of the Buddha can get high on that very inspiration, knowing that there is a path of increasing happiness and ultimately complete freedom. This is the real meaning of Vesak.
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 and fundamental and universal quality of existence. Ajahn Brahm explains how best to relate to the uncertainty of life.
We’re all so busy in the modern world – and it’s wearing us out! As Buddhists, how are we to deal with busy-ness? Ajahn Brahm points out that it’s not necessarily the amount of work that people have that is the problem, but how we relate to the work. If we relate to the work with a different attitude it need not be suffering.
Question and Answer session with Ajahn Brahm during the two days retreat at BSV.
Some of the questions asked are related to:
2. Meditation (vipassana and samatha, what the difference? or the same?)
3. Happiness, including the story about “don’t worry be grumpy”
4. Emotional skill and meditation
5. Five Aggregates
6. Transferring merits
Mind arises through contact through the external senses. However these external contacts are filtered through the mind’s filter of perception, fundamentally changing our attitude to our experience. We use perception to make sense of the world, but it can also skew our perceptions and reactions to experience. Ayye Vayama explains how to understand the process of perception in our lives.
Ajahn Brahmali gives a talk on a meditation retreat in Victoria on drawing on a discourse of the Buddha relating to volition, fools and wise men.
Many people have become very good at earning more money, developing their career, developing their body. But very few people go directly to the source of happiness, by developing the mind. Ajahn Brahmali explains that it’s both possible and beneficial to develop the mind, and how to do it.
In response to questions from Buddhist Society of Victoria members, Ajahn Brahm gives advice on how to deal with grief, disappointment, guilt and sickness.
The Noble Eightfold Path is at the core of Buddhist practice and is the only way to achieve Awakening. Ajahn Brahmali discusses the indispensable role of the Noble Eightfold Path.