Ayya Vayama talks about how we can find acceptance with change and loss through wisely reflecting upon circumstances.
(A)ccepting complements, negative moments, and not punishing is kindness. (B)eing kind by letting people, life, and the mind be as they are. (C)aring with kindness for yourself and others instead of improving/curing. The talk was an offering for the Theravadin Forest Tradition Bhikhunis residing in Dhammadharini Vihara in Santa Rose, CA, USA during Feb 15-24, 2015. To help build dhamma, by contributing money to the temple as a place of practice, go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-feminine-wisdom-in-buddhism#/
Ayye Vayama talks on how the practice of Buddhism can help us to deal with differences with others in terms of attitudes, lifestyle, opinions, etceteras, without making adverse judgments against others.
Ajahn Brahm: Opening the door of one’s heart to all of life’s situations is an expression of loving kindness. This approach will also improve your formal meditation.
Should we “tolerate” other people? Or is that just a bit patronising, or even a put-down? Ajahn Brahm explores what tolerance really means and ways in which we can do even better than tolerance.
Ajahn Brahm talks about how to deal with the various pains we have in life – especially the big ones.
While tolerance is widely regarded as a positive quality, Ajahn Brahm points out that tolerance always contains an element of passive disdain for it’s subject. More liberating for the beholder (as well as the subject) is the deep investigation of all phenomena. An active, searching approach will point the contemplative toward profound understanding and acceptance rather than mere tolerance.
Ajahn Brahm teaches us how to make the most of our sufferings by accepting them, and then learning to love them.
Life is not meant to be an organised event where everything goes like clockwork, and we can’t expect to achieve 100% success.
The truth is we are unable to control our life. Life is messy. This is the nature of life. Do not aim for the unachievable.
We could have 70% of getting it right and we should accept, allow and embrace these 30% of imperfections. We can always learn and grow from these painful experiences.
Ajahn Brahm encourages us to open the door of our heart to the nature of life as it is. He said, “Do not disturb the nature of life and life would not disturb you.”