2010

Link to Torrent Download All the Talks given in 2010:folderBrahm-2010

2010-01-01 – Building Hearts Not Halls
There are times when you do not agree with the things you are supposed to do. The normal mind set we have will argue with that resist it and insist on doing it your way. Brahm explains with real life experience the wisdom of going with flow, not resisting, not trying to change the world. How peaceful life can be. It is the way of Buddha’s teaching. Changing your heart and and being kind and loving you can make the world you see a better nicer place to live in. 

2010-01-08 – Buddhist Values
Ajahn Brahm talks about the core Buddhist values of goodness, peace and kindness and how these form the basis for skillful interaction with others and are the guiding principles to everything he does in life

2010-01-09 – A Session of Guided Meditation 

2010-01-15 – A Happy Hermit
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on the practice, challenges and benefits of seclusion, such as retreats. Ajahn explains why people find it so hard to stay by themselves and why he never feels lonely. Ajahn reflects upon how monks and nuns are not escaping life, we are. He points out that living as a hermit, monk or nun forces you to learn about yourself and to develop a relationship with yourself, because you can’t escape yourself. Whereas always needing people, television, radio and busyness is a form of escapism.

2010-01-22 – Within Nature
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk about the Theravada Tradition also called the Forest Tradition. Ajahn Brahm reveals the lessons we can learn from nature and points out that part of the Theravada Tradition is to learn much of our understanding and wisdom by living in the forests, within nature

2010-01-29 – Disappointments 
How many times have you been disappointed? Why is it that sometimes we look at life and feel disappointed? Ajahn Brahm takes a look at what is the cause of our disappointments and says the first reason is because we expect so much of each other, of life and of ourselves. Ajahn offers some practical advice for dealing with disappointments and unreasonable expectations from within and without.

2010-02-05- Inspirations
 talks about how inspiration can energize our meditation practice and allow us to go beyond the boundaries we normally set for ourselves. Ajahn says inspiration is one of the most important parts of the spiritual life because it is difficult to be kind, generous, loving, forgiving and so on without authentic examples of great acts of generosity and kindness. It is inspiration which encourages us to add our own acts of beauty to this world and those acts spread inspiration to others and make this world a beautiful place.

2010-02-12 Traumas and Tragedies
Ajahn Brahm offers advice on how best to deal with traumatic or tragic events and reminds us that ultimately we are responsible for our own happiness, even in tough times

 2010-02-19 A Taste of Freedom
Ajahn Brahm offers a Buddhist perspective on what Freedom is and how it can be achieved. Ajahn gives us clarity on this spiritual subject he says is so misunderstood, yet so important in our lives. And he talks about how freedom of the heart is gained by meditation practice and letting go of control

2010-02-26-What is Truth
Ajahn Brahm talks about truth not being a goal, but a process of understanding. Real truth is direct experience derived from a peaceful mind developed through meditation. Wisdom developed through meditation then leads to a deeper understanding of life and respect for one another

2010-03-05 Why Is It Hard To Be Kind
Ajahn Brahm discusses how developing the mind with meditation can encourage and support the practice of kindness and understanding towards others.

2010-03-12 – Putting a Meaning in to Life. –
Ajahn Brahm offers a teaching not on finding the meaning of life, but putting meaning into our life; that is making our life meaningful. Ajahn Brahm tells us how to put meaning into our lives and points out that when we don’t life does become quite meaningless. Ajahn talks about developing the right attitude that gives our life purpose and meaning and what does and doesn’t give meaning

2010-04-09 –Four ways of Letting Go
Straight after teaching a meditation retreat, Ajahn Brahm reveals ways of letting go. Ajahn offers a teaching on how to train your mind to let go, to be peaceful and happy. And reflects upon why we find it so hard to let go of our hurts and difficulties and how beneficial letting go is for us and others.

2010-04-16 – Buddhism and Atheism
Is Buddhism an atheistic religion? Does it believe in a God? And what do Buddhists worship? Ajahn Brahm takes on this topic, pointing out the consequences of believing in a supernatural being and looking into who created our universe or world. Ajahn goes deeper by talking about meditation experiences (jhanas) and how the mind is chief and more powerful than anything else in the world.

2010-04-23 – Negativity and Positivity
A Talk about the flip side of positivity and offers an even more skillful approach rather than just trying to be positive. Ajahn describes the highs and lows of life as being natural and not something that we should try and avoid, but things we should investigate with wisdom.

2010-05-14-Tradition and Truth
Should we follow tradition or change it? What are the advantages of keeping or changing tradition? What actually is the tradition we should follow anyway? And does it have a place in our modern world? Ajahn gives an in depth answer in this talk and advises us most importantly to search for truth and meaning

2010-05-21 – Ignorance is Bliss
Ajahn Brahm muses about a famous old saying coined by Thomas Gray: ignorance is bliss. Ajahn also looks at whether running away and ignoring the world brings peace and happy.

 

2010-05-27-Ghosts and Other beings (Read further)
Ajahn Brahm expresses why he chose the path of being a Buddhist monk and how it has fulfilled his objectives way beyond what he could have ever expected. Ajahn talks about how Buddhism really makes a difference to people’s lives, saves people’s lives and changes people and their lives for the better. This Buddha Dhamma talk was given at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, in Thailand during 2010.

2010-05-28-Guided Meditation Session in Singapore
Ajahn Brahm teaches the way to experience peace in meditation is by having a “this is good enough” attitude. Ajahn explains how when we make peace we experience peace. We apologise a few minutes of the end of this recording had to be removed due to the audio not working.

2010-05-28– The Science of the Mind and The Brain ( Singapore Tour)
A talk given at the Buddhist Fellowship of Singapore , West Centre Dhamma Hall.

2010-06-04– Three in One
A
jahn Brahm reminds us that the core teaching of the Buddha is suffering and the end of suffering and in this talk he covers a trilogy of topics:
How to deal with disasters, such as a recent oil spill in California.
How to interpret this middle path as a way of dealing with the disasters of life, and the middle way between indulgence and asceticism.
How to apply the Buddhist teachings to your daily life.

2010-06-11-The Middle Way
Ajahn Brahm elaborates on one of the pillars of Buddhism: The Middle Way, pointing out that it is very easy to wander off on a path of too much harshness to your body and mind (asceticism) or too much indulgence. Ajahn starts off by reflecting upon his time as a young western monk in Thailand.

2010-06-25-Buddhist Attitude regarding Depression 
A talk on the Buddhist attitude towards depression. Ajahn breaks this talk into what he believes are the three major causes of depression in  the world:
1. Inherit negativity and fault-finding
2. Over indulgence in cravings
3. Some of the nature of our existence can be depressing
Ajahn kindly gives us the goods to help us overcome depression; our negative mind states.

2010-07-02-Winning and Losing
In response to a question on how to stop getting angry when watching sport, Ajahn Brahm gives an insightful teaching on the problems caused by our ignorance.
When someone we love is suffering, why do we suffer as well? Does love have to mean that when someone is suffering we suffer as well? Ajahn Brahm talks .

2010-07-09-Dealing with Difficult People 
There’s so many difficult people in the world, that we live in. We frequently get it to so much stress and anger . This  talks like  show just how we can apply the great insights from meditation in Buddhism to help solve many of the problems in this world.

2010-07-23-Sense of Community and Friendship
A talk about the value of friendships and offers practical advice on how to strengthen and build up our friendships and create a sense of community. Ajahn takes a look at the Buddhist way of dealing with the loneliness in this world.

2010 -07- 24 –Contentment A short talk
Ajahn Brahm offers advice on how to find contentment in this difficult, challenging and busy modern life.

2010-07-30 -DevotionSaddha -BSWA – The qualities of Saddha which you need to develop and the the flip side of it that will lead you astray. Ajahn Brahm talks about devotional practises and rituals in Buddhism and how we must be very careful we are not devoted to the rituals themselves or in his words ‘not devoted to the container, but to the content’. Ajahn explains the importance of doing these practises with context that is an understanding of what the practise means and why you are doing it.

2010-08-07The First and Second Noble Truths Suffering and its Cause -BSWA –
This talk was given to novices, anagarikas and lay guests at Bodhinyana Monastery during the Rains Retreat of 2010. It is based on the Teachings of the Buddha compiled by Ven. Nyanatiloka.

2010-08-14 –The Third and Forth Noble Truths 
This talk was given to novices, anagarikas and lay guests at Bodhinyana Monastery during the Rains Retreat of 2010. It is based on the Teachings of the Buddha compiled by Ven. Nyanatiloka.

2010-08-21Consciousness and The Second Noble Truth 
This talk was given to novices, anagarikas and lay guests at Bodhinyana Monastery during the Rains Retreat of 2010. It is based on the Teachings of the Buddha compiled by Ven. Nyanatiloka.

2010-08-28- Samma Ditti -Part 1
A teaching on Right View as taught by the Buddha – how to bring our perceptions in line with reality and the resultant peace and wisdom that can be developed in the mind.

2010-09-04- Samma Ditti Part 2

2010-09-18- Right Mindfulness
This talk was given to novices, anagarikas and lay guests at Bodhinyana Monastery during the Rains Retreat of 2010. It is based on the Teachings of the Buddha compiled by Ven. Nyanatiloka

2010-10-22- Ending Conflicts
Ajahn Brahm reflects on the way to end conflict within yourself, between people and between you and your world. Ajahn tells us why we have so many conflicts and how we can gain more peace and harmony

2010-10-29- Coffins
Ajahn Brahm gives a quirky talk about coffins and their relevance to life not death. Ajahn teaches us how to accept our karma, the nature of life and face our fears, such as death and sickness. Ajahn talks about understanding them, learning from them and even accepting and loving them. Ajahn says “Loving doesn’t mean we like it, loving is opening the door of your heart to everything because this is life and we can always find a beautiful perception about anything

2010-11-05- Putting A Meaning To Life
Ajahn Brahm offers a teaching not on finding the meaning of life, but putting meaning into our life; that is making our life meaningful. Ajahn Brahm tells us how to put meaning into our lives and points out that when we don’t life does become quite meaningless. Ajahn talks about developing the right attitude that gives our life purpose and meaning and what does and doesn’t give meaning.

2010-11-05- What To Do When a Loved One is Suffering 
When someone we love is suffering, why do we suffer as well? Does love have to mean that when someone is suffering we suffer as well? Ajahn Brahm talks about how Buddhists deal with the suffering of loved ones. In this talk Ajahn offers some skillful means of responses and teaches us how to have real love, instead of attachment.


2010-11-26- Different Forms Of Love In Buddhsim
Ajahn Brahm examines the place of love, lust, desire and affection in Buddhism. Ajahn asks; Is love an attachment? Is love something beautiful? Is love going to get you into trouble? What actually is the place of love in Buddhism? What is spiritual about your love in a relationship? Ajahn also looks at how you can make use of your understanding of the love you feel in a marriage or relationship.

2010-12-03- Putting A Meaning to your Life
Ajahn Brahm talks not on how to find the meaning of life, but how you can put meaning into your life  to make our life meaningful, about developing the right attitude that gives our life purpose and meaning and what does and doesn’t give meaning.

2010-12-10- The Four Old Men
A
jahn Brahm tells the story of the four old men: wealth, success, peace and harmony.  Ajahn explains the story as a Buddhist lesson in setting priorities in our relationships with others and in our relationship to ourselves.  Includes the carrot joke.

2010-12-17- Anicca
Often we reject or ignore the reality of uncertainty. Yet the only thing that is certain about life is that it’s uncertain. This uncertainty (anicca) is according to Buddhism and fundamental and universal quality of existence. Ajahn Brahm explains how best to relate to the uncertainty of life.

2010-12-24- Find What You Really Want :  We are burdened with un-satisfactoriness and grumble of the tragedy of this LIFE. But in reality we create our own suffering by chasing behind things that are unimportant and sometimes harmful. Ajahn Brahm invite you to investigate your list of wants  to find your own freedom….. Recorded in Malaysia on 2010-12-23  

2010-12-31- Happiness for 2011
For the 2011 New Year’s Eve Dhamma Talk, Ajahn Brahm reminds us that learning how to put happiness into life is one of the great teachings and secrets of Buddhism. Ajahn talks about how for him the happiness principle of Buddhism, that is learning how to put happiness into whatever you’re doing and how to take away your suffering, pain, misery, guilt, fear and worries is more important than philosophising and theorising.

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