Ajahn Vayama tells stories from the time of the Buddha about the Awakened Nuns and what they can teach us today.
Ajahn Brahm talks about mental illness from a Buddhist perspective.
Rebirth isn’t just a fundamental teaching of Buddhism, but also a very useful teaching that helps us see the BIG picture, not just of one life, but of many lives. It can help us to understand where we’ve come from, how we’ve developed certain characteristics and tendencies, and where we’re going. Equipped with modern evidence about the reality of rebirth, Ajahn Brahm gives a talk about the nature and value of the teaching of rebirth.
Faced with critics spreading doubt about whether we really can know about such things as rebirth, Ajahn Brahm counters that the point of Buddhism isn’t just to blindly believe but to investigate phenomena ourselves. The Buddha’s teaching doesn’t insist on blind obedient faith, but encourages inquiry, and offers people the tools to understand our own experience with greater clarity and depth. This talk by Ajahn Brahm isn’t so much about what to know, but how to know, and how to know for sure.
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.
Guest speaker and abbot of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia, Bhante Henepola Gunaratana gives a talk about the source of happiness by cultivating the mind.
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.
Ajahn Brahm discusses the Buddhist attitude to responsibility – what responsibility really means and how to deal with it.