2004-01-02 What is good
The Buddhist understanding is that good and evil are innate, inseparable aspects of life. This view makes it impossible to label a particular individual or group as “good” or “evil.” Every single human being is capable of acts of the most noble good, or the basest evil. Moreover, good and evil in Buddhism are seen not as absolute but relative or “relational.” The good or evil of an act is understood in terms of its actual impact on our own lives and the lives of others, not on abstract rules of conduct.
2004-02-27 Attitude To Life
Ajahn Brahm offers a practical and wise attitude to life, including how to let go of painful experiences. We can’t control everything that happens to ourselves and others in the world, but we can impact upon how we choose to look at it. Ajahn Brahm explains how to have a wise attitude to life
2004-03-05 Be Patient
Impatience can cause all sorts of problems in our lives, and the Buddha said that patience is the highest of the spiritual qualities. Moreover Buddhism always emphasises the importance of patience – they understand that there are many lives after all! So if you’re in a hurry to get enlightened, don’t forget to go slowly. Sit back, relax and enjoy this talk about patience.
2004-03-26 Buddhism and the Body
The body can cause us all sorts of trouble, especially when we don’t have the body that we want! Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist attitude to the human body and the connection between the body and mind
2004-04-02 Praise and Blame
We all want praise and to avoid blame. But no matter what we do, we get some blame and never quite enough praise. Ajahn Brahm talks about the fickle nature of praise and blame and how to be calm and unmoved by both.
2004-04-23 Buddhist Values
Ajahn Brahm talks about the core Buddhist values of virtue/ goodness, peace and compassion/ kindness and how these form the basis for skilful interaction with others and are the guiding principles to everything he does in life.
2004-05-28 Dooms Day
Responding to a call from the United States from someone concerned about global warming, ecological destruction and its impact on humanity, Ajahn Brahm shares Buddhism’s predictions about the end of the world – DOOMSDAY!
2004-06-25 The Law of Cause and Effect
The Buddha’s teaching called Paticca-samuppada, usually translated as Dependent Origination, is fundamental to the Dhamma (Truth) awakened to by The Buddha on the night of His Enlightenment. The Buddha is recorded to have said
Animals have lives too which are given through birth like human beings. I’m not a Buddhist but I respect this kind of philosophy. Suffering in any way, small or large is still suffering. Buddhism is also definitely against killing, and though animals don’t have the brains like humans, they can still express pain like us reminding us that we should treasure life in any form it shows us.
2004-07-30 Who is Right
Ajahn Brahm asks the contentious question, ‘who is right?’ Is it the Christians, the Muslims, the Hindus or the Buddhists? And if you believe in Buddhism, which school of Buddhism is right – Theravada or Mahayana? As Ajahn Brahm explains, these comparisons are the source of several pointless arguments. He goes on to offer a methodology for people to find the answers for themselves without wasting time with arguments.
2004-10-15 Doing What is Good
Ajahn Brahm elaborates upon the meaning of a quote of the Buddha from the Dhammapada: “To refrain from what is wrong, to cultivate the good, and to purify the mind. This is the teaching of all the Buddhas”. Whilst it’s a simple quote it sums up what we are trying to do by practicing Buddhism very concisely. Ajahn Brahm explains the meaning of this stanza by explaining what it means to do what is good.
2004-10-29 Mental Energy of Happiness
In our busy modern lives, it’s easy to end up feeling mentally and emotionally drained by the pace of life. It’s so hard to balance all the demands on our time and energy. Ajahn Brahm has the secret to finding happiness, starting with the understanding that mental energy equals happiness. Ajahn Brahm explains how to increase that energy, in every present moment…
2004-11-12 Buddhist Concept of Psychology
Buddhism is a form of psychology that has been around for over 2600 years. Many people in the contemporary world draw parallels between Buddhism and Western Psychology. In this talk Ajahn Brahm focuses on the differences between Buddhism and psychology.
Ajahn Brahm starts with a personal story of how he experienced hopelessness, and goes on to talk about the feeling of hopelessness that can beset us, and how to overcome that feeling through persistence over the longer term.
2004-12-03 What is a Prison
Ajahn Brahm uses the metaphor of a prison to outline a Buddhist conception of samsara (the process of being born, ageing and dying) as well as explaining how to escape the prison
2004-12-31 Tsunamies and Other Tragedies
In the wake of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Ajahn Brahm received numerous requests on how to deal with the inevitable tragedies in life. He offers advice on how to deal with tragedies with wisdom and compassion.