Ghost Story by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) told a funny true ghost story. If you love ghost stories, you should listen to this one. I also heard another of Ajahn's ghost story when I came to one of his talk show. I remembered Ajahn said that the ghosts, knowing Ajahn seeing and walking towards them, ran away screaming like "this monk can see us!". Have you got any true ghost stories?.. :)

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  1. Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm), 
  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Important Posture in Meditation by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave a short talk on the important posture in meditation.

Ajahn taught us that we don't get enlightened quicker when we go through pain. The idea is you need to look after your body or make it more comfortable... and don't forget to smile! :) watch the video and you'll see what i mean.

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  1. Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm), 
  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Can a Layperson get Enlightened? by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave an answer on "Can layperson get enlightened?"

Watch this short video and listen to Ajahn's answer. Always keep in mind what Ajahn taught us: "If you can make peace, if you can be kind, if you can be gentle, you can become enlightened."

May you will be inspired to get enlightened.

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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Simile of the Cup (as the Mind) by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave a short talk on simile of the cup. Perhaps you already knew the simile of the cup which Ajahn taught us in many of his talks. In those talks Ajahn wanted us to see the cup as the duties (which cause stress) in our lives and we needed to put it down for a while, meditate and afterwards we can lift the cup up again, meaning we can then get back to our duties.

However, in this short talk, Ajahn gave us another kind of meaning of that simile, the kind that is actually so related to a technique in meditation. Ajahn wants us to see the cup as our mind and we want to make it still. You can try what Ajahn was doing in the video and you will see that you cannot still the juice in the cup by trying harder and harder and harder to still it. So how can we make our mind perfectly still? Find the answer in this video.

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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Success Without Stress by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave a talk on success without stress. Can we be successful without any stress? Can it be done? In this talk Ajahn gave us the answer, and -of course- Ajahn's answer is, "It can be done!".

Ajahn works hard but he does it without stress. How does Ajahn do that? Fortunately Ajahn shared the techniques with us as follows:
  1. learn to relax, 
  2. don't fill our mind up with the past, 
  3. don't worry with the future (we would end up with so much brain power), and 
  4. do things with a smile.
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  1. Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm), 
  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Dealing with Difficult People by Ajahn Brahm



Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave a talk on dealing with difficult people. First of all, Ajahn taught us that how you deal with difficult people is to to know that difficult people are par for the course. From there we should learn that it's not unusual to have difficult people around us. Ajahn added that no matter what we do, where we go, and how we behave, we're always going to meet them.

In this talk, Ajahn showed how we can apply this great insights from meditation and Buddhism to help solve many of the problems in this world, including how to deal with difficult people when you meet with them. To summarize things up, here are the points on how we could deal with difficult people according to Ajahn:
  1. Difficult people, difficult beings and difficult situations in life - they all are common. There is nothing wrong and we will never find any place where we can runaway, hide and escape from them. Therefore, we have to accept them and learn that they are part of life and we can learn so much from them, 
  2. We need to realize that most of the difficulty of difficult people is actually coming from ourselves, it's the way how we react to them. Sometime when we think that how irritating they are for us, they will be equally irritating towards themselves. Those poor people have to live with that mind 24 hours a day. We can then grow our empathy and compassion towards them, and
  3. You can actually change difficult people. And how this can be done? Find the answer in the video and you will hear inspiring things apart from great jokes told by Ajahn.
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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Bhante Hye's Message


Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammavuddho Mahathera (Bhante Hye) would like to convey one message to the people. The message is to live a really meaningful life. What kind of meaningful life does Bhante mean? Watch this inspiring video and you will know the answer yourself.

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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Monasticism, Lifestyle, and Community by Ajahn Geoff


Venerable Bhikkhu Ṭhānissaro Mahathera (Ajahn Geoff) talked on monasticism, lifestyle, and community. These were the questions asked in that short talk:
  • What is a monastery? 
  • Some people think that to go to a monastery is to run away from the world and that it is a selfish act. What do you think? 
  • What are the drawback of solitude? 
  • What inspired you to join a monastery? 
  • Can non-Buddhists benefit from a monastery? 
  • What would you say to those who think that to go to a monastery is weird? 
  • Do you think that seeking happiness too hard, causes suffering? 
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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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Guided Meditation - Body Sweeping by Ajahn Brahm


Venerable Bhikkhu Brahmavaṃso Mahathera (Ajahn Brahm) gave a guidance on what is referred to be a sweeping meditation, which is said to be a very easy meditation to do and gives you a very good instant result. I found that Ajahn made a really great point there. For people who feel that they cannot get their mind focus right away on their meditation object, I suggest them to watch this video and follow Ajahn's guidance on doing this meditation technique prior to focusing the mind on the meditation object.

What I see in this meditation technique, there are important points to be followed, which are:
  • You should firstly relax your body generally (not being stiffed).
  • Put your attention into the present moment (here-and-now).
  • Notice any sensations on your body-parts and then relax those sensations. Then notice that the sensations will change. Do this stage-by-stage from toes to head.
  • You can relax those sensations by "making contact" and "sending kindness" to them.
  • Finally, relax your body toe-to-head then head-to-toe. Feel all your body is relaxed.
Well then, there you go, I do hope you would find this guidance helpful like I did.

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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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The Importance of Meditation in Dhammacakkappavattanasutta by Sayalay Dīpaṅkara


Today, October 4th, 2017, is an Uposatha Day. Today is the launching day of this website (www.dhamma.tv). I feel excited and it would feel just right if my first post on this website would be something related to the Four Noble Truths. Therefore, I embedded a video from YouTube, which of course I had selected it beforehand. In the video, you can see that Venerable Sayalay Dīpaṅkara Therī gave talk on the importance of meditation in Dhammacakkappavattanasutta. You can read the whole sutta in:
This sutta was actually the first sermon gave by Lord Buddha Gotama. As you can read there in the sutta, one of the amazing facts was after Lord Buddha preached the sutta, Venerable Koṇḍañña attained the fist stage of sainthood. Only after Lord Buddha preached Anattalakkhaṇasutta, all the first five bhikkhus including Venerable Koṇḍañña attained the highest stage of sainthood. Hopefully, I will come across a video explaining about Anattalakkhaṇasutta and so -again, hopefully- I will be able to post it in this web site. However, if by any means you want to read the sutta right away, you can visit this web page: https://suttacentral.net/en/sn22.59.

In this talk, Sayalay emphasized that meditation is important for our lives even if you are a lay follower of Lord Buddha. To support meditation practice, Sayalay also emphasized how important for lay followers to keep their five precepts (pañcasīla). As stated in this web page (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sila/pancasila.html), the five precepts are:
  1. I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
  2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
  4. I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
  5. I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
Lord Buddha taught about the Four Noble Truths for the first time in Dhammacakkappavattanasutta. The Four Noble Truths are:
  1. the noble truth of suffering, 
  2. the noble truth of the origin of suffering, 
  3. the noble truth of the cessation of suffering, and
  4. the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering.
When Lord Buddha spoke about the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering, what Lord Buddha actually meant was no other than the Noble Eightfold Path, which are: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Please note that some people may use the term "right resolve" or "right thought" when referring to "right intention".

This Noble Eightfold Path can be divided into three groups, namely the morality group, concentration group and insight group. The morality group consists of right speech, right action and right livelihood. The concentration group consists of right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Lastly, the insight group consists of right view and right intention. Fortunately for us, we can see how these three groups neatly presented in a table format by visiting this web page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path#Threefold_division. Regarding this division -which some people name it as "threefold division"- we can refer to the answer given by Venerable Dhammadinnā Therī when asked by his former husband Visākha as follows:
"Whatever is right speech, friend Visākha, and whatever is right action, and whatever is right livelihood, these things are comprised within the virtue constituent. 
Whatever is right endeavour, and whatever is right mindfulness, and whatever is right concentration, these things are comprised within the concentration constituent. 
Whatever is right view, and whatever is right thought, these things are comprised within the wisdom constituent."
You can read about it and other questions asked by  Visākha in the Cūḷavedallasutta (https://suttacentral.net/en/mn44).

From there, I can see that meditation somewhat belongs in two of those three groups, which are concentration group and insight/wisdom group. Therefore, as we can see there, meditation has an important role within the Noble Eightfold Path. For practicing the way of concentrating the mind, in this talk, Sayalay elaborated on how we can practice meditation by using the breath as the object.

Concluding this post, we now have seen that meditation has an important role within the teaching of Lord Buddha, namely the Dhamma. Last but not least, allow me to suggest you that if you want to practice meditation, do so under the guidance of a prominent meditation teacher. That way -hopefully- you will be able to progress faster and in the right way.

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  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Sabbadānaṃ dhammadānaṃ jināti
(The gift of Dhamma excels all gifts)
Dhammapada Verse 354

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