The Buddha said that “the mind is the forerunner” to all thought, speech and action. Ajahn Vayama talks about how Buddhist practice helps us to see directly how the mind is the forerunner of all actions of body, speech and mind, and to train the mind to act skillfully in order to avoid the painful consequences of karma, and to cultivate the pleasant consequences of skillful karma.
Ajahn Brahm talks about the power of the mind – and how to empower the mind through meditation – and how it can be used to develop happiness and wisdom.
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to overcome suffering in the mind.
Ajahn Brahm offers a fundamentally Buddhist perspective of the mind – the “sixth sense” according to Buddhism – and the fundamentally Buddhist practice of meditation which allows us to come to a full understanding of the mind via direct experience.
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.
Ayye Vayama discusses how knowledge and practice of the Buddha Dharma develops the mind in the direction of liberation.
One question often asked by those new to Buddhism is “What holy books do you follow?”. Ajahn Brahm responds by telling them that just as the Muslims follow the Koran and the Christians follow the Bible, Buddhists follow meditation. That means that the ultimate reference and authority within Buddhism, the real truth, is direct experience derived from a peaceful mind developed through meditation. This is the ultimate source of wisdom and truth.
The prison is a scary place, our mental prisons that we’ve created are no less terrifying. Buddhist Congress and Angulimala Fellowship bring us Ajahn Brahm as he shares his insights and wisdom on this prison-break, peppered distinctively with Ajahn’s trademark Brahm Humor.
This talk is dedicated to Ajahn Brahm’s mother, Mrs Hazel Betts, who passed away on 16 February 2012.
It is a profound talk about cosmic spirituality, explaining how the nature of this universe and how the nature of the mind, as Buddhists understand it, work seamlessly together.
According to Ajahn Brahm, looking out through the telescope we see the vastness of the universe, but (metaphorically speaking); looking down the telescope in the opposite way, we see the mind. The mind is the larger of the two.
By all accounts, proven scientifically, the mind is the initiator of everything that we think and do. So it is not the will, but the mind that gives the order, that initiates the processes of all our actions.
Knowing that, Ajahn Brahm challenges us to let our mind do a big bang explosion and see where it leads us. He encourages us to have limitless imagination. As Einstein famously put it, “imagination is more important than learning”.
The mind is the forerunner of all things, and our mind can transform our circumstances. The mind that is sharp and empowered can achieve much, and even energise the body. Ajahn Brahm explains how giving everything we’ve got to the task at hand can transform our situation in unexpected and positive ways. Focusing on what we’re doing in the moment is also the key to developing meditation.