2011-01-07- Wining and Losing Ajahn Brahm talks about the Buddhist significance of winning and losing. How you make the journey is important, not the goal, the destination. The real winner is one who is content and peaceful and happy with life.
2011-01-28- Buddhism and Autonomy ;Ajahn Brahm challenges ideas about autonomy and freedom, and about knowledge and faith, in Buddhism and in other religions.
Ajahn refers to Richard Gombrich’s keynote address ‘Comfort or Challenge?’ for the International Conference on Dissemination of Theravada Buddhism in the 21st Century, held in Salaya, Bangkok, Sep/Oct 2010. Click here for the text of the address.
Professor Richard Gombrich is chairman of The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies.
2011-02-04- Wisdom and Stupidity
Ajahn Brahm offers a deep explanation on the meaning of wisdom in Buddhism. Ajahn explains how wisdom is something you get through investigating, contemplating and looking very deeply into the nature of yourself, relationships and into life and is not something you can get from reading a book or listening to a talk. Ajahn emphasises that Buddhism doesn’t tell you what to believe, but how to find out for yourself. In other words 99% of Buddhism is teaching you how to find out the truth for yourself.
2011-03-04- Instead of Attachment : Ajahn Brahm talks about enjoying our possessions like family, relationship and identity without being attached to them. Attachment comes from fear and enjoyment comes from letting go of fear.
2011-03-18- IRRITATION : Irritation is part of life. How you deal with it is what matters. Ajahn Brahm introduces several techniques to help deal with it, including positive reinforcement and the similes of the empty trash can and Ajahn Mosquito.
2011-03-25-Metta to the Past – This talk is the first talk in a series of three given in Malaysia during Ajahn Brahms visit to Malaysia in 2011 . Brahm advised us to collect the eggs and not the chicken shit at the end of each period.
2011-04-15- Arguments: We all have different views, conditioned by different experiences. Arguments are inevitable, but argue with kindness and respect which will encourage growth and bring us one step closer to truth.
2011-05-06 – What Do You Want –Ajahn Brahm shares what he really wants in life. He wants the beautiful sense of peace, friendship, kindness, contentment, respect, acceptance and love. Isn’t that what you want?
Ajahn Brahm introduces precepts to those who observed Sil on the wesak day.
2011-06-03 Buddhism and Bananas: – The lessons to be learnt from the experts in peeling Bananas. In reducing all the suffering we go through. Learn to be different. Do not follow the same pattern of thinking. Go against the strains. Swim against the current. Maybe you’ll get liberated from the dogmas of shackles you are bound with and find the true liberation.
2011-07-15 – Certainty – How futile is that we take for granted that there is certainty in our lives. Ajahn shows you why we get heartaches and worries due to not taking the correct perspective in life.
2011-08-08–Joy and Happiness in Meditation : Hundreds of people celebrated Ajahn Brahm’s 60th birthday at Jhana Grove meditation retreat centre on 7th August 2011. This Dhamma talk was given the day after the small celebration for the benefit of the overseas visitors who came to join the celebration. It’s on bringing joy and happiness in meditation, particularly through recollecting one’s generosity (chaga), Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha and virtue.
2011-10-04 Bringing Playfullness to Life Ajahn Brahm lead a short guided meditation (15min), followed by a Dhamma talk (30min) with questions and answers. to students of Duke University, USA (This Session was given through SKYPE and was recorded. The PLAY arrow below will enable you to hear the talk. The Youtube video for the meditation session is available here. The Talk on Youtube is available here.)
2011-10-07– Anger Eating Demons – Venerable Brahm is back after Rain retreat and delivered the first talk about the fault-finding mind, how people are not ‘wrong’, but different. Simile of the anger-eating demon.
Buddhist Values – Brahm Talked on the importance of understanding what we hold are the values or principles of following the teaching. (This Talk was given previously and was re loaded on 28th October as Brahm is away in Norway)
2011 -10-28 – The Middle Way – Ajahn had just returned that afternoon from a 27-hour journey from teaching in Oslo. and gave a light-hearted and humorous talk on the ‘Middle Way’, a central theme in Buddhism. With jokes and stories he explained the avoidance of extremes in everyday life, and the importance of what we put into the space between us and others. He takes this deeper into what we put into the space between our self as observer and that which we observe.
2011-11-04 –Only The Body is Sick – An enlightening talk about how it is not wrong to be sick. Ajahn Brahm discusses the merit of being sick, and illustrates a touching story of a dying nun. Not to be missed, and sure to rid you of those guilty feelings forever, when the flu bug next bites!
2011-11-25 – Friendship– Ajahn Brahm talks about the Friendship that should stem from the friendship to your own body and your own mind and how it can generate the all encompassing metta to the entire living world.
2011-12-09 – Bringing Up Children – Do you want to “make” your kids Buddhists? is the any other option to make them wise honest and compassioanate without insulting their intelligence. Brahms talk after the recent tour in Malaysia gives you much to think .
2011-12-30- Farewell 2011: You can’t change the world, but you can change your attitude towards the world. Don’t Go Anywhere Just be here. You can’t change the world, but you can change your attitude towards the world. So embrace 2012 with compassion and kindness. The Last Talk for the year 2011.