In this interesting talk with Ajahn Brahm, he goes over 4 different ways to let go and find more happiness in life. As he explains, being able to let go and let things be isn’t something that has to be done all the time, but is a good tool in the repetoire that someone can have available in daily life.
One of the key views of Buddhism is the view of no-self. Often for beginners, understanding this difficult topic is difficult, especially if its one of the first topics they encounter. In this talk with Ajahn Brahm, he says that for many people, they begin their practice from a space of low self-esteem, and trying to make that jump from having low self-esteem to understanding the concept of “no-self” is too difficult. He suggests first working with one’s self-esteem before learning about no-self.
In this informative talk, he talks about how society emphasizes high goals and expectations can contribute to creating low esteem, and how to deal with the situation.
In this humorous talk through antidotes and examples, Ajahn Brahm talks about how to deal with disappointments and irritations that come from unrealistic expectations.
One of his suggestions is that the nature of life is to not get things right 100%, but to be content with 70% that goes well and learn from the 30% that goes wrong.
Depression seems to be something really prevalent in western society, where many people or those in their family will eventually have a bout with depression. In this talk with Ajahn Brahm, he introduces some Buddhist philosophy that’s been known to help with depression. His talk is structured into 3 areas:
- Depression can be attributed to habituated fault finding and negativity
- Depression can be attributed to constant craving and lack of simplicity
- Depression can be attributed to the difficult nature of life
For many people that weren’t raised in a culture that accepts rebirth, this topic is often very difficult and can take man years to work through. Ajahn Brahm is his talk entitled “One Life, Many Lives,” takes an interesting approach to tackling this problem. Even if someone doesn’t believe in rebirth or multiple lives, his question is asking, “How would a person’s perspective on life change if rebirth did exist.” Even if a person’s is skeptical about this, he’s inviting people just to pretend and see what kind of effect that would have.
His logic is that it changes our relationship to death and how we live our lives. Jokingly, he says that Buddhists are the experts on dying because we’ve done it 1000s of times.
A monk from Bodhinaya Monastery in Australia, giving a talk about the five hindrances of craving, anger, sloth or torpor, restlessness or worry, and doubt. I find this topic to be of personal importance because the 5 hindrances are the biggest obstacles I face in meditation and in my daily practice in general.
Since Buddhism doesn’t pray to a creator God, some people equate Buddhism with atheism. Here’s an interesting video with Ajahn Braham, and he address this question. He also runs interesting parallels with Buddhism and early gnostic Christianity.
Ajahn Brahm of Dhammaloka Buddhist Centre gives an interesting talk about living with non-Buddhists and living in a non-Buddhist country. I find this subject to be of particular interest because most Buddhists don’t have much support for their practice unless they’re at their local Dharma center or temple. He talks about different ways to make use of these challenges and still be able to maintain one’s practice. Continue reading »
Dharma in the daily life, I belief is a very interesting topic. My teacher spoke on this once, and he said that Dharma in the daily life is a phenomenon more related to western buddhist practitioners. Continue reading »
There are many sutras that document the past lives of the Buddha, the most famous being the Jataka Tales, which are stories often told to children. The Jataka Tales are quite interesting in that if you read them to a child, no one would know it was about Buddhism. They appear to center more around tales of love and compassion, involving people and various animals like monkies. Continue reading »
Vesak is a special day in Buddhism, in that it combines Buddha’s death, enlightenment, and passing away into Nirvana. Vesak varies every year, depending on where it’s celebrated and also because it’s based on different solar and lunar calendars. Here are the dates for celebrating Vesak in 2011: Continue reading »
Here’s an interesting video I saw the other day, that explains some of the unique features of Buddhism. Its main topic is the difference between realizational religions and revealed religions. Continue reading »
This is the second post ever on this blog, if you havn’t already, you can check out the introductory one.
With Christmas and the holiday season, I think a question some people wonder is if Buddhists celebrate Christmas or what their opinion is on this. Does Christmas have a place in Buddhism? Continue reading »