Buddhist Society of Western Australia
By solasaurus
About this podcast
Dharma talks from Ajahn Brahm and the teachers of Australian Buddhist forest sangha of monks and nuns

Episodes (Total: 228)
yesterday · 01:00:06
Being kind and caring is very important for Buddhists.  Ajahn Brahm stresses the importance of caring which brings much peace to our lives. Ajahn also explains how when making ethical decisions we should always look inside our heart to see what feels right. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 26, 2017 · 00:59:35
Ajahn Brahmali offers a practical approach to understanding the Buddha’s teaching of non-self, and explains how to use this understanding in our Buddhist practice. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 26, 2017 · 00:59:18
How many times have you been unfairly blamed by others? How many times have you blamed others unfairly? There’s plenty of blame and judgment to go around – but if we listen carefully we can avoid finding fault and understand true intentions. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 25, 2017 · 01:11:57
Ajahn explains to us our compulsion to own everything.  We see the news, read the newspaper and engage in discussion, we involve ourselves so much that we own it.  We need to have the courage to say “this is not my business”.  We need to leave it all behind before we meditate. Ajahn then guided us through a 30 minute meditation well suited to beginners, encouriging us to free ourselves from the compulsion to “own it” with the small mantra of “this is none of my business”. Ajahn then gave us a dharma talk on love and kindness followed by a Q&A.
May 24, 2017 · 00:47:08
Venerable Hasapanna talks about how things going wrong in life is normal and it should not be a cause for suffering. Instead of fighting against it – we can let go and develop peace in the mind. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 23, 2017 · 00:56:05
Ajahn Brahm talks about being able to see the goodness in all situations. Ajahn helps us to understand what goodness is and to see the beauty of simple goodness in the world. Ajahn also reminds us of the joy one experiences from being kind, virtuous and trustworthy. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 22, 2017 · 01:12:33
Ajahn Sujato discusses the fundamental, essential teaching of the Buddha ‘The Noble Eightfold Path’. In this talk, Ajahn discusses not just what the Noble Eightfold Path comprises but also what is not in the Noble Eightfold Path such as rituals. The Noble Eightfold Path (The Middle Way) Right view Right intention Right speech Right action Right livelihood Right effort Right mindfulness Right samadhi or concentration Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 22, 2017 · 01:07:00
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. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 22, 2017 · 01:01:58
Relax. Do we plan too much and then feel anxious quite often?  In this talk, Ajahn Brahm gives practical tips on how to relax and not be too uptight. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 20, 2017 · 00:51:27
Is devotion an important part of the path? Ajahn Brahmali looks at different religions perspectives on the role of devotion and discusses the role and uses of devotion in Buddhist practice. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 19, 2017 · 00:59:16
Ajahn Brahm picks up the quirky and unique topic of “Buddhism and holy water”. Ajahn talks about the great fun he has while conducting holy water blessings and the benefits of bringing joy, happiness and fun into your spiritual practise and the Buddhist traditions, rituals and ceremonies. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 19, 2017 · 00:53:35
Ajahn Sujato speaks about how the Sangha works. Ajahn describes how the Buddhist monastic community lives and functions and how the organisation’s principles and structure teaches us to apply the Dhamma in all kinds of practical ways. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 17, 2017 · 00:53:11
Responding to a request for advice on how to deal with a very big mistake. Ajahn Brahm reveals how he was trained by his teacher to deal with mistakes and Ajahn shares some of the funny mistakes he has seen, especially as a young western monk in Thailand.  Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 16, 2017 · 01:05:54
Ajahn Appichato offers a teaching on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment: Mindfulness Keen investigation of the Dhamma Energy Happiness/ joy Calm/ tranquillity Concentration Equanimity Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 16, 2017 · 01:20:38
Ajahn Brahmali talked to us about happiness and comfort before and during our meditation.  Meditation should not be a task, a duty, something we have to do.  We need to be patient with ourselves and allow ourselves to become peaceful, comfortable and happy to be in that moment.  A positive attitude [not forced], comfortable position and being happy will make for a good meditation. After our guided beginners meditation Ajahn used his wit, humor and experience to answer our questions.  In answering our questions, Ajahn had us all on the edge of our seats for the rest of the evening. All to soon it was time to go.
May 16, 2017 · 00:52:26
Fresh off a flight from California, Ajahn Brahm discusses the attitudes that lead to discrimination and their impact on people. Ajahn contemplates deeply on why people discriminate and why it’s so wrong. Ajahn looks at what can be done to overcome discrimination such as learning to cooperate rather than compete and he encourages us to not discriminate against anybody e.g. gender, race, religion, mental and physical disabilities, vegetarians, sexual orientation, criminals and so on. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 15, 2017 · 00:52:30
Ajahn Sujato explores what universal loving-kindness really means and makes this Dhamma talk more fun by talking about aliens. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 14, 2017 · 01:06:29
In response to people complaining about their lives being too stressful, Ajahn Brahm offers a teaching on how to deal with stress. Ajahn explains how it’s not your work and duties which make you stressful, but your attitude to what you are asked to do in life. Ajahn reveals how he stays stress free even though his workload and responsibilities are huge.  Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 12, 2017 · 00:35:39
Dennis Sheppard is a long time lay practitioner of the Buddhist Society of WA and a hypnotherapist. Dennis offers a talk on consciousness from the viewpoint of hypnotherapy, meditation and Buddhism. Dennis looks at the difference of our awareness in meditation compared to when we are hypnotised and how our life conditions get embedded into our consciousness and what that really means. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.
May 12, 2017 · 01:15:22
Ajahn Brahm talks about how to deal with the various pains we have in life - especially the big ones. The Buddha taught there are two parts to the pain which we feel; the physical and the emotional. The physical part we can’t do much about its part of life, but our emotional response we can change and this is the key of how to deal with those chronic pains in life which we really don’t like. Ajahn shows us how to develop a positive attitude towards life difficulties. Please support the BSWA in making teachings available for free online via Patreon.