Dependent Origination is a profound explanation of how life works at the core of the Buddha’s Teachings. Ajahn Brahmali offers this practical and easy to understand overview of the teaching on Dependent Origination.
Ajahn Brahm responds with wisdom and humour to the question: Is Buddhism a religion?Buddhis
Ajahn Dhiravamso gives a balanced approach to the Buddhist attitude to sense pleasures, pointing both to the danger of sense pleasures, but also how going to the opposite extreme also isn’t helpful. By understanding the true nature of sense pleasures and the way to cultivate higher, more sustainable forms of happiness, we can change our attitude to life.
Ajahn Brahm explains how using a combination of compassion with wisdom we can free ourselves and others of life’s problems.
What is the meaning of life? Ajahn Brahm tackles this perennial question by starting with the goal – peace of mind – and working back from there. Even though it seems like were are after all sorts of other goals in life, what we’re really looking for is peace of mind.
Ajahn Brahm talks about when to set goals, what types of goals to set, and how to set goals wisely to get the most out of setting resolutions.
Ajahn Nissarano describes the mantra “be here now” as being like the “coordinates for happiness”, but also for developing peace and wisdom. He goes on to offer advice on how, amidst our busy lives, we can learn to “be here now”.
Fear creates so much suffering and unnecessary problems in our lives, and for many people a key aim is to overcome fear and experience a state of fearlessness. Ajahn Brahm explains how it’s important to understand fear and even to understand why we are addicted to fear.
In a world where there is so much conflict and disharmony – between governments, between religions, between co-workers, between family members and even in our own minds – there is a deep yearning for peace and harmony in the world. Ajahn Brahm uses this talk to highlight the topic of harmony and how to create it in our world, and within ourselves.
How can people have so many different beliefs? How can people believe in things that are contrary to plain evidence? How can people, even in the same family, have arguments over these beliefs? Ajahn Brahm talks about the “distortions of the cognitive process” (vipallasa) and how this causes so much confusion in the world, and offers some practical strategies to make sure we aren’t the ones with distorted views – and therefore more happy and free in life.