Ajahn Brahm gives a public talk on “Buddhism and Science” at the University of Toronto on November 7, 2012.
This talk, given in 2009, occurred in the week after Ajahn Brahm was expelled from the tradition of monasteries in Thailand that he ordained in for his role in ordination of bhikkhunis (fully ordained nuns). It starts with an explanation of what occurred, and then Ajahn Brahm goes on to explain why and how to look forward to the future with happiness.
Ajahn Brahmali gives a fascinating talk on the future of Buddhism, citing what the Buddha himself said on this topic, and connecting it with what it means to practice in the current age.
Ajahn Brahm gives advice on how to let go of the weight of both past and future, to find freedom in the present moment.
Has religion and spirituality got a future? If so, where is religion in general, and Buddhism in particular heading in future? Ajahn Brahm shares his thoughts on the matter.
There was quite a buzz online that the end of the world would happen on the 21st December 2012 – the date this talk was given. Despite the erroneous prediction, the world will end sooner or later, if only for us individually at the end of our lives. So what state of mind would you like to be in at the end of your world? Ayye Hasapanna addresses just this topic, of how to let go of that which doesn’t matter and settle conflicts to create a peaceful state of mind.
We know the future is uncertain, yet we carry around the heavy baggage of expectations about the future with us every day. Expectations can be a burden and also make us inflexible in our approach to life. Ajahn Brahm explains how the best place to be on the edge between the past and the future, in the present moment.