Responding to the charge that Buddhism is “passive”, Ajahn Vayama contends that the practice is very active, and very active at the point where we are not used to thinking of being active: namely, the mind. Through actively developing the mind, our speech and actions begin to change in accordance with the changes occurring within.
Ajahn Brahmali points out that if you want to be happy it is much wiser to work directly on the mind rather than trying to find happiness indirectly via external stimuli. To work with the source of happiness (the mind) is much more efficient, and in this way we can change the mind directly which we never can through manipulating external things like possessions or fame, etc. Working to develop the mind is a much wiser, more direct and more far reaching method for developing happiness in life.
Ajahn Brahm teaching from the year 1993, before he was a famous, globe-trotting dharma teacher. Has anything changed? You be the judge as a much younger (and slimmer) AB teaches about the development of the heart.
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.