The taking of the Three Refuges in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is a traditional indication of what it means to be a Buddhist. In this talk, Ajahn Vayama outlines what it means to take the Three Refuges and live life as a Buddhist.
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.
Ajahn Brahm responds to a question about whether human nature is closer to the Mahayana Buddhist idea of “buddha nature” or the Christian idea of “original sin”.
Ajahn Vayama reflects upon the occasion upon which the Buddha gave his first teaching – the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta – The Discourse on Setting In Motion The Wheel Of Dhamma. Ajahn Vayama discusses the circumstances around this first teaching of the Buddha and the meaning of that teaching.
Ajahn Nyanadhammo discusses the final few weeks of the life of the Buddha including his final teachings, and his final passing away (parinibbana) as told in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Ajahn Brahm discusses the significance of Wesak Day – which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha on the full-moon day in May.
Ajahn Brahmali reflects on the life and spiritual qualities of the Buddha and how his example can be an inspiration for our own practice.
Many people – even many Buddhists – know very little about, or have mistaken ideas, about who the historical Buddha really is. Ajahn Brahmali sets aside the myths and legends and gives an historical account of the life of Siddhartha Gautama – the Buddha, and connects this to how it can enhance our practice in the here and now.
Ajahn Brahmali talks about how a greater understanding of the Buddha’s life and practice can be a source of inspiration for our own practice.
Ayye Vayama explains the origin of the term that the Buddha used to refer to himself – the Tathagatha. She then goes on to explain the significance of this term and what it means to all of us who are seeking the path to Awakening in this modern world.