Learn to be at peace with yourself | Ajahn Brahm | 6 Jan 2017


Ok, most people have managed to get
a space inside, great, excellent So for those of you who’ve been coming
to this center for a long time you may notice that when I give a talk
It is a… based on Buddhist principles, it is a Buddhist center, But I usually
talk about just how we can improve our lives just by changing
our attitudes. Because there’s much in our
life we have not got the power, the ability to change, but
one thing we can do a lot about is the way
we look at life, the way We react to our life. And by seeing things in
a different way, so that it lessens our anxiety,
our irritation, our pain And live as happy and more
peaceful human beings And the last couple of talks
I was just focusing on just how we can change
our attitudes towards perfection And not be… try so hard to be something
you’re not and to improve yourselves To many people trying to improve
themselves and they’re getting all frustrated,
actually they’re getting worse The more they try to improve
the worse they get And then we suddenly learn that,
who says we’re not good enough? Where did that come from? And so we learn how to be at peace
with ourselves Learn how to be at peace
with ourselves! Not to make ourselves perfect first
and then to be at peace with yourself Be at peace with yourself as you are now
and then the improvement happens Then the problems get solved. It’s counter-intuitive to
many people in the west But it is what has worked
for centuries in the east Learn to relax, and be at peace with
yourself, accept yourself as you are And the you find that
the problem gets solved So it’s all about changing the attitudes
which we have towards our life And somehow or other, Ahh…
somehow the western world, and I say this as a western born person,
has been just so into progress and development, and not really
recognizing just what we already have There’s a basic saying of Buddhism
which, you know, if you’re gonna learn any Buddhism, you don’t need to
learn lots and lots and lots of theories you don’t need to read all the books,
thank goodness, cause there’s heaps of them. All you really need to do is understand
what those books really mean. and that saying is: “when you want
something more, you can’t enjoy what you already have”. You can’t even appreciate what,
you already have, because you’re not looking at
what you already have you’re way over there, wanting
something more, to develop the next addition to your house,
how many more rooms do you need in a house?
my house has only got one room I live in a cave, beautiful, so simple
it doesn’t take long to clean it up I don’t even need to clean it up,
someone cleans it up for me, out of compassion for the cleaner
I only have a small room. Imagine, imagine when you go home tonight,
and you’ve only got one room and that’s all you have in you’re house
oh what bliss. you don’t have much to clean up
you can’t have many possessions cause you can’t fit them in. You don’t have to spend all you’re life
saving up and paying off the debts to build these huge mansions
in which you live. Look at how we live these days, you live
mansions which even kings 100 years ago would not be able to live in,
they’re so huge and big. Why do we do that?
Because it’s what everybody else does. And sometimes we need some people to
say: “What on earth are you doing? Can’t you actually look at thing in a
different way?” Small is much more beautiful. And also, just, I never expected to
actually go on this, but Those of you who are privileged,
where fortunate, to be poor when you grew up. You had to share
rooms with your brothers, sisters, Sometimes people say they had to share
the same bed with four or five siblings, yeah you may not have got much sleep
at night, but you sure had a lot of fun together. And you learn how to love
one another. It’s one of the things which, because
I was poor, I spent my whole life In the same room with my brother.
Only one bedroom, we had to share, didn’t have private bedrooms. And those of you who’ve seen my brother:
we love each other! We get on, even, he was a banker, I was a monk,
you couldn’t get two, sorta… more diverse careers than that, but, you know
we respect each other, love each other, you know, to this day. And I often say:
“why was that?”. Because we had to to get on together.
And now you give separate rooms To all you’re kids, huge mansions,
which means that we don’t learn how to get on together, we don’t learn how to
love. We don’t learn those attitudes of life. So I always think small is
incredibly beautiful! It’s great for the economy, great for
sort of… not wasting all the resources you know, of our planet, bad for the
building industry, bad for the government bad for the GDP, but really
great for human happiness. Small, close together, learning how
to get on, because you have to. So changing attitudes like that is part
of my life, it’s being a bit rebellious but why not? And one of the biggest
attitudes, which I wanted to change you know, in my career as a monk,
is just the way that we look at material stuff being really important; Things are
not important: people, relationships are. Doesn’t matter how much stuff you have,
look: Experiences which I’ve had as a monk Because as a monk is a… I really
recommend this lifestyle. If you really want to go to interesting
places where you people can’t go I can go to these places, cause I’m
a monk. You can go to see, uhh, royalty go to see, uhh, what was it… presidents.
I’ve met a couple of presidents A couple of royalty, and, you know,
you guys can’t… how can you get to be there, in those places? You can as
a monk, because… it’s weird, somehow or other they think because you’re
religious, you must be really special. Especially if you’re in politics, they
need all the blessing they can get (laugh) Seriously. So that’s why they sort of…
and, you know one of the things which I’ve noticed talking to prime ministers
and presidents, quite a few of them now that one of the things which they ask
you, is they say: “Help!”, the problems of the world are just so tough,
and they’ve run out of solutions literally, they don’t know what to do,
and they say: “We’re open for any suggestions any new ways of dealing with these things,
because it’s just hopeless, whether it’s economy, terrorism, global warming:
“Help!”, and so they’re very open to people like myself, spiritual people,
trying to give them some new way of looking at things, which can cut through
the sorta… the great, uhh, burdens and problems and obstacles of getting
things done. So, seeing that, you get into some very
interesting areas of existence, which gives me an opportunity to maybe
do some stuff. I say, as a monk, because you do live outside the box, you know,
you do think outside the box. I was very happy, after the last federal
election, someone actually… I’ve been saying this for so many years and somebody
actually sent me a copy of The Melbourne Age, with something
I’ve been saying for a long time, it actually appeared in the lead article,
about just, our democracy. Democracy doesn’t work, we all know that,
so how can we improve it? Why do we always have to take the same
old system, and do it again and again knowing it doesn’t work. So what I was
suggesting, and I was just using a little bit of reason, ok, this comes
from the corporate world, but the corporate world isn’t all bad: If you
hold shares in a company, at they’re AGM (annual meeting), you have votes
proportionate to the number of shares you hold in that company. If you hold 10%
of the shares, you get 10% of the vote which sounds fair. You’re investment,
you’re commitment to that Organisation will determine how many votes you get,
that seems very fair. What about our democracy, our governments. Why is it,
that everyone has one vote each? Even though there are some people who
are so old, they’re gonna die soon they don’t have much of a share, in life.
But young people, eighteen year olds they’re whole life ahead of them. Maybe,
life expectancy, say eighty maybe sixty years of life; should they have
the same vote as an old person who is on the way out soon?
Cannot we… apportion… very simple mathematical solution: can’t we apportion
the number of votes, to you’re life expectancy, the amount of shares
you have in life. Which means young people would have a much much larger say, than
the old guys, who don’t really give that much of a damn about global warming,
cause they’re not gonna be here to face the consequences; They don’t give much…
well they do care, I’m not saying they don’t care, but they don’t care as much
about going to war, cause they don’t have to fight, It’s the young people [who] have
to fight, and take the bullets and die. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could
just, somehow, change the balance so those who have more… more commitment
to this world, more investment, more life expectancy, have more say about how
this wold… and the world they’re gonna live in is gonna be run. That, I think,
just that simple thing would change a lot. So I like seeing things in a different
way, because this is part of my life to see things in a different way, and
that was the gist of an article which somebody wrote in The Melbourne Age,
I don’t know if they got it from me, but, it just comes up there, people
think: “nahh that’s a stupid idea”, but eventually these ideas get some
traction, and people realize: “Yeah!” One of my other great ideas: our education
system, kids over here in western Australia have already done
they’re year twelves, how much stress that is. And everybody knows! Just getting
high grades in year twelve, which is the pre-university exam, doesn’t guarantee
you ‘re gonna be successful in life. That’s just… you ‘re good at exams!
Look at me, I passed all my exams, I went to Cambridge, and look at me now,
I’m broke, I’ve got no money (laughs), I’ve got a tiny house, I’ve got no
assets, no superannuation (laughs), What a waste of time those exams where,
and honestly, they where! I’ll say that, ok? And people argue
with me, but I went to Cambridge University, hang out with Nobel Laureates,
people top of their field, and then I decided to become a monk! Why to become
a monk? I told people, actually, I think I new year’s, I think: Because I had a
relationship, she dumped me, and I became a monk to forget (laughs).
That’s not true… I wish it was true, because that would be really romantic,
that would be really cool! But then somebody said: “It could be true
Ajahn Brahm, because you’ve forgotten” (Laughs)
It’s logically consistent. But no… But you became a monk and
then you’re with these, these, old monks in northeast Thailand that had only gone
to school for four years, and after a few weeks, you had to admit, you had to
confess to the fact that that they where much smarter than you where. Much more
intelligent. And I think: What Have I been doing, working so hard, and these people
are far more intelligent than I am? And there’s something wrong with our
eduction system. We learn how to think, but we don’t know how to be still, and
how to listen, and how to know. It’s one of the reasons why we’re in such
a big problem in our life, because we listen to all these thoughts, we solve
problems through thoughts, and we don’t really solve the problems, we just make
more problems! Thoughts are just out of control. You know that. When you
really have a big problem, a lot of anxiety, a lot of difficulty
in life, what do you do? You think like crazy!
And it makes you more mad. You never find a solution that way,
solutions come through stillness. So this is actually what we learn,
as monks, we learn how to be still and let the mind see things, hear things.
Thinking is like talking back at life. Have ever you, like, lived with somebody,
and you talk to them, and they’re not Listening?
They’re listening to they’re thoughts, they’re not listening to you. And that’s
like you’re living with life: life is always teaching you, giving you advice,
but you never listen, because you’re too busy talking to yourself inside,
in you’re thinking world. When you’re still, it’s amazing just
what you understand, and what you see. Somebody was asking me earlier: See all
of these monks in the time, you know, when I was, where I grew up, and even
beforehand, in the old books which I used to read, all these monks used to live in
the forest, in nature. And they said they’re greatest teacher was nature,
because they would always be listening to nature, much more than books, much
more than experts, like me, you know, in front of a microphone; They would go out
there and learn it for themselves, you know, in the raw nature. Look, one
example of that: cause in a few days time, I don’t know what it is that, recently
there’s a spate of like a… deaths. There’s a funeral here this afternoon,
a funeral here on Wednesday, there’s another funeral I have to go to on
Tuesday. I don’t know why people are dying, perhaps because they waited until
after Christmas and new year to get it over and done with, and then they’re gonna
die, you know, they scheduled it for out of compassion for everybody else
(Laughs). I always say that to people you know, that, look I mean Don’t be so
selfish; Why do people die when THEY want to die? You should think of your
friends and your relationships, make it also convenient for them. I always say
that during the rains retreat, because we go on retreat for three months
every year, the monks and the nuns so we can have some peace and quiet,
we can meditate. So I ask everybody before our rainy season retreat begins, of three
months, because it’s my rest, relaxation please… Don’t die (laughs), during the
rains retreat. Die beforehand, or afterwards, whenever you want,
but that three months, please, be respectful, don’t just be selfish
and die when you want to die (laughs). Of course that’s just messing around,
you can’t do that. But anyway, so, there was a young person… That causes so much
suffering for people, when young people die. there’s something about that, they
haven’t lived a full life yet, why, why does that happen? And, have
you ever got a good answer to that? The answer which, I got for that,
I got from a monk, an old monk who’s living in the jungle, who was
one of these people who was still enough to listen to the teachings from
the nature, from around us Brilliant teachings. And I tell this
every time I have to do a funeral service for someone who is young. I tell this,
and many people get it, they understand “Ahh, I understand now”. And it was,
this monk was in a very simple hut, in the north of Thailand, and when I
talk about simple, I really mean simple, just made out of bamboo and thatch
for the roof, and thatch for the walls as well: really simple to put up, very
natural, very easy. And you know, he’d go on alms round every morning
to the local village, live a very very frugal, peaceful life, but very very
happy. But living in the jungle, there are such things as storms,
and if a storm comes when you’re in the middle of the forest, and you
haven’t got much protection, it is very dangerous. Trees come down,
or even big branches! And imagine, just visualize a bamboo
and thatch hut, if a decent size branch hits that roof, it just goes straight
through. Not like metal roofs, or these, uhh, roofs which are
engineered so that almost like an Elephant could fall on this roof
and it wouldn’t go through. Otherwise we wouldn’t get planing
permission and building permission, not that an elephant would actually
fall on this roof, but you never know (Laughs)
So, so over engineered, for safety. But anyway, so, it was such a flimsy
dwelling, that one branch could go through and it would… if you didn’t actually
get crushed you’d get injured, break a leg, break an arm, and remember
this is simple living, you don’t have mobile phones, you don’t… you know
even if you did have one, there would be no telecommunications
tower there, there’s no one you can call,
no one can help you if you break a leg, that’s probably
worse than dying instantly you just die slowly.
So it was very dangerous! So he was up all night, hearing
the… THUUUDD! BANG! (Hits Table) WHA… oops, WHACK
actually that hurt (Laughs) That didn’t work as
I expected it to. I always say that when you give
a public talk, do some special effects (Laughs)
Cause you know what happens when people talk, talk, talk,
you know, they fall asleep they get bored.
It is something like, special like raise your voice, or go
BANG! or WOFF! then actually, you know,
people actually enjoy it in weird ways. Anyway, so
BANG!, WHACK! All these trees where THUDDING
next to him. And so, you know, it was very
difficult to meditate And he was up all night,
but, you know, he survived If he didn’t survive he wouldn’t
be able to tell me the tale. He survived the night.
And in the morning He walked outside, to see the
damage; And yeah, several big trees Just missed his hut, he was lucky
to be alive! But it wasn’t the trees which
grabbed his attention, what he saw was the leaves
on the forest floor. Most of the leaves which had been
torn off the trees and laid dead on the forest floor, where the old,
brown leaves. But amongst those old brown leaves
there where several yellow leaves, even a few green leaves. And some
of those green leaves where so freshly green, they could have
only been alive for a few hours, and now they laid dead
on the forest floor. Before he completed his insight,
his understanding, he checked to see what leaves remained
alive on the twigs and branches of those trees; And of course!
Most of the leaves remaining alive on the forest trees, where the
green leaves! But, even though a few green leaves
had been torn off and laid dead on the ground, there where still a few
curly old brown leaves, still clinging on, Even though the young green leaves
where torn off and laid dead. You understand what we mean,
even though young children die, there are still some of these old people
who keep coming to our center every Friday for years and years and years
still clinging on (Laughs). You know the old Grandma and Grandpa,
why aren’t they dead yet? (Laughs) They’re all still clinging on when these
young people die. And he realised that there
was nothing wrong. That’s what they where saying there:
“there’s something wrong, It can’t be right, why are old people
still alive and young people die? It can’t be right”. Then he saw it was
right: It was the nature of life and death it’s the nature of a storm which goes
through a forest, to mostly take the old leaves, but it always leaves
a few old leaves. And it always takes a few
young green leaves as well. Nothing is wrong,
welcome to life. That’s the law of life in
which we live. Diseases, accidents, whatever happens,
mostly takes the old people first, but a few young people, and a few
very young people, and a few children as well.
That’s our life. But the nice thing abut that
little story also not only is it true, but it’s
a reflection from nature which we understand when
we are still, we can actually see that we can actually get the connections,
as in nature, as in our life we’re not apart from nature,
we’re part of nature. And from that we can also have a lot
of other really great understandings and the main thing I wanted to talk
about tonight, which I got on to, maybe, just kinda almost halfway through
the talk already Is actually just: well, young people die,
three deaths recently, And just what happens afterwards,
when a person dies. And, ever since I was really small
I had no problem in accepting the idea of reincarnation.
One of the reasons why It’s got even firmer as a truth
it’s by understanding the nature of the mind, we learn what this
mind actually is. We have become such a
materialistic society in so many ways, that even things
like love and kindness, even joy we think it’s just something which
is a by-product of a brain. Just to be able to get some happiness
and joy by taking some physical stuff like a drug. And people just, sometimes
don’t believe, when they come to see monks especially, or nuns; We are
pretty happy people and sometimes they come and say:
“Well, what drugs are you taking, monks?” (Laughs). That happened to me so
many times! One time, I was visiting a prison in UK
You know, we spend a lot of time in prison as monks, I often tell people: Visiting
prisons, I always would keep a log of how many hours and minutes I spent
doing community work in prison to be used as credit, in case I ever
got sentenced for something (Laughs) look, I’ve already done about… the
equivalent of about two or three months you should take that off (Laughs). But anyway, I was inside this jail,
cause it was a ceremony, somebody had sweet talked the British
government into putting a Buddha statue In the middle of an open prison,
a big one! And you know, it’s very easy
for people to sponsor a Buddha statue especially inside a prison,
wow, it’s amazing! And so we did a installation ceremony. And for those who ever come and see
some of the Buddhist rituals, one of the favourite ones is actually we
go around three times flowers, candles and incense, we go around
It’s like an act of worship, reverence you know, it’s interesting, where
this comes from we don’t know but they also do that in Mecca, when
they go around the, whatever it’s called …the Kaaba, always
go three times around, wearing white this is incredible similarities between
our different traditions where they came from
I don’t know, but it’s… that’s Buddhist Anyhow… There we where, going round
three times, and I was inspired I was happy, Amazing, something good
being done in a prison! Not just locking people up and
reenforcing how guilty they should feel but no, just something which
is inspiring and I was just so happy
with a big smile on my face much more than I usually have
cause, you know, more inspiration and at the corner of my eye I saw
these two prisoners they just got nothing to do,
nothing was on the TV that night so they just hung out to see
what the hell was going on with these crazy people with brown
robes and a Buddha statue so just, you know, having
a quick look and then I heard them, one
looking to me… looking at the other prisoner and
pointing to me he said: “That monk, he’s on
the gear” (Laughs) If you don’t know what gear means
you know, it’s like, some sort of drug cause that’s the only thing they
could explain the happiness from just some medication;
it’s not medication! you know, it’s meditation,
not medication (Laughs) you don’t need that stuff to be
happy and have a really good time. And I tell people, I don’t know why
people laugh at this, because it’s true I’m a good time monk: I have a good time.
People say good time girl, a good time boy and that has other meanings, I’m
a good time monk, cause you’re having a good time, you’re happy. And, so you don’t need the medication,
something else which goes on there and this is actually where you start
to realize: why do people wanna be happy with things? Material stuff. We’re
far too focused on the material stuff and instead, those ancient
religions, especially Buddhism we’ve been focusing on the mind
for year and years and years that’s the important part. So these days people don’t
understand what the mind actually is. And still, great scientists
have been trying to prove that the mind is some byproduct of the brain
and they have failed miserably. for years and years and years.
It’s about time that they face the truth that they’re barking at the wrong tree
as they say that the mind is something totally
different fortunately there’s a few scientists,
big ones who’re actually seeing something
totally different one of them, you all saw recently,
or some of you saw who came to our global
conference on Buddhism Professor Bernard Carr.
I mention him cause he’s a really close friend
we went to Cambridge together and he, Buddhist society, we chased
ghosts together in the psychic research society, chasing ghosts and,
Buddhists and astronomy as well and also theoretical Physics And he, you know, he lessened his
interest in Buddhism and went more into theoretical Physics I lessened my interest in theoretical
Physics and became more a Buddhist. But he made a wonderful analogy,
at our conference where he said We’re really close
friends, it’s great we’ve come together again. Ajahn Brahm went off to be
a well known Buddhist, under one of the great teachers:
Ajahn Chah; And Bernard, you know he gave up his Buddhism, he became
a close disciple of Stephen Hawking’s He told me only recently, I went for lunch
with him when I was in Cambridge last October- November, I did realise just
how close he as to Stephen Hawking’s so, In that movie, which they did of
Stephen Hawking’s: brief… no, “The Theory of Everything” I think
they called it In that movie, one of the characters
in there was based on him based on Bernard. So much so
that Bernard got invited to the premiere in London. He actually walked on the red
carpet, which he thought was really cool So you know, very close… so he became
a disciple of Stephen Hawking’s, I became a disciple of Ajahn Chah. And now we
sort of come together again and, he still he wants to spend the rest of his time,
you know because he is emeritus now, he’s retired as professor of theoretical
Physics at Queen Mary College in London. He is the top Physicist
to try and reintroduce into science the primacy of the mind. So, what the heck do I mean,
what is the mind and this is a little exercise, when
you’re giving a talk don’t just talk at people, get them to contribute I am now going to ask you something,
and I want you to put up you’re left hand or you’re right hand, you
can’t keep both hands down unless you’re armless. If you got two
hands, put one of the up and be honest… Not yet! Come on, now
be patient! (Laughs) If you are happy, you know, more happy
than sad, having a reasonably good time put up you’re right hand. If you’re more
miserable, put up you’re left hand, ok? Put up you’re hand, doesn’t matter which
one it is, keep it up. Those people who got the right hand
up, you’re happy, now please point to the happiness for me, locate it
for me, where is it, where is it? point to it. You’re all pointing to different places,
how come? you’re head, is you’re head happy? Now, you can put it down, this
is an exercise because it’s so hard to locate happiness you’re not imagining it, in fact,
happiness is a real thing, it’s tangible you know it, you experience it many
times. Different forms, but it’s real.
Where is it? next time you’re angry, where
is anger? where is it? Is it in you’re head, is it in your
tummy? where is it? The point is, that we can’t locate
these things, because these are things which exist in the mind. Just like you locate, or define
a garden, what is a garden? a garden is where you find trees
and flowers, and lawns. A garden is defined by what exists
in it. So if you want to know what the mind is, the mind is where Love,
Kindness, Happiness, Anger, Anxiety, Fear, Hope, Peace, where all of those
flowers and weeds live. That’s what defines the mind. So it gives you an understanding of
what that mind actually is. It takes it away from being some
philosophical, superstitious, what actually is it? Where you find those things, those
qualities that is where the mind is. And you will soon figure out it does not
live in physical space It doesn’t live in you’re brain,
or in you’re body here. Now, to prove that again:
one of Bernard’s and my common friends is actually at house where
we had lunch together A few weeks ago
it’s guy called Jeff one of my other friends from Cambridge
had a lot of time together Uhhh, I know that when my friend
Bernard came here I think, Cecilia who was here, just
a few hours ago, she asked him in public “Ok, you where a close friend of Ajahn
Brahm, tell us all the dirt… what did he really get up to as a
student, what was the naughtiest thing he did, come on, let us know” now, Bernard doesn’t know much,
but my friend Jeff does know a lot So that’s why I’ve never invited him
over here (Laughs) I was just a student, like everybody
else! Did really stupid things. But fortunately I didn’t get caught
(Laughs) But anyway… He’s daughter, Pascal, she
came, she’s married now, and got a kid she came and saw me just in October
as well, and, when she was at grade one primary school, that was when the
teacher asked her a question this is a brilliant story. In philosophy,
this is actually where you start with a story, a logical sequence which
you end up in a place you never expected to end up, and
it changes the way you look at life and this came from a five year old kid
who later on went to do post graduate research in Oxford, in Biochemistry.
So, she was obviously just a really gifted kid, but at five years of age, her
teacher, grade one, at school asked a question: “What is the biggest thing in the world?” That was the
question. And, one kid put her hand up this is… he wrote to me about this and
this is actually what happened (Puts hand up) “My daddy”, five year
old kid, you know? For a five year old kid, daddy is huge.
And some other kid said “No, no no miss: an Elephant” they’d
just been to the zoo, Elephant is much bigger than anybody’s daddy. “No, no miss: A mountain is much bigger
than an elephant” and actually you’re getting somewhere, this is the whole
point of the exercise, getting the kids to actually think and imagine
and to know more and then Pascal put her hand up
and said: “no miss, my eye is the biggest thing in the world”. And at that
even the teacher didn’t understand what the heck she meant. “What
do you mean you’re eye?” And then this five year old genius
said: “Well, miss, my eye can see her daddy, my eye can see an elephant
and a mountain and so much more if all of that can fit into my eye, my eye
must be the biggest thing in the world” that is genius. It’s genius because
it sees things in a different perspective than other people think. And it’s, you
can’t fault it. It’s just seeing things from a different angle, and now you
know what’s the biggest thing: you’re eye cause everything you see can fit
into it. It’s huge! But, I wrote back immediately and said:
9 out of 10, but not 10 out of 10 because, you’re mind can see everything
you’re eye can see, and many other stuff you can’t see with you’re eye,
imaginary things, flying pigs (Imperceptible) Elephants, you can
imagine all of that sorta stuff you’ll never see that. And you’re mind can also hear stuff
real and imaginary sounds it can smell, it can note tastes,
it can feel feelings in the body even like phantom limbs, sometimes.
Real and imaginary sensations It’s also got it’s own area, you know,
the love, the kindness, the fear In fact, I argued, Everything you can
ever experience and know in life can fit into you’re mind.
So, you’re mind is the biggest thing Not in the world, because
you can know the world and that can fit into you’re mind.
You’re mind is even bigger than the world Now that is a logical argument, which
I’ve never had any Philosopher manage to tear apart, and deny. It’s just looking
at life in a different perspective and coming up with an incredible answer
about how huge and powerful you’re human mind is.
Which is why people continue to report to me weird and strange things…
Mind-games and stuff… You know I told this story
a long time ago and people said “that’s true”
but they didn’t actually believe it but I, I heard it from the source,
and the source swore to me I asked him again and again “Yes it
Happened!” The guy who was an Anagarika
for one year at Serpentine Monastery Went over to Germany to
complete his degree first day at a University campus
he walked past the ATM machine This is a great story, and you may
actually get some benefit from this, if you understand it and
practice it properly So, he walked past the ATM machine
and he said the ATM machine emitted a sound, he called it a
gurgling type sound very difficult to define, but it made
a sound just as he passed by and he took that as a welcome
from the ATM machine to the campus And so from that time on that was
his ATM, that’s where he did all his transactions, and because he had been
by a monk like me A little bit weird and crazy but, he
would always give Loving-Kindness to the ATM machine. “May you be happy
and well, may you never run out of cash may you’re clients never hit you and
swear at you when they find they’ve got no balance, may, you now, robbers never
tear you out of a wall with a four wheel drive or blow up trying
to get the cash may you live at peace and happy”
that sorta stuff He’d talk to the ATM, regarded
it as a personal being with consciousness and was always kind to it! And he swore to me, this
actually happened, having his lunch one afternoon, on a bench,
maybe about five or ten meters away from the ATM. No one had gone
close to that ATM machine for about 20 minutes, he was there
he saw it, no one had gone close to it! and he was sitting there, having
his lunch, and he heard the gurgling sound again, the machine gurgled at him
and he looked around, and he saw a twenty euro note come out
of the machine (Laughs) no one had put in any credit card,
punched in any numbers for twenty minutes it got twenty euros. And he went
to the machine with disbelief, but it was there
and he pulled it out: “does this belong to anybody?” no one claimed it
but of course they wouldn’t claim it because it was the ATM’s gift to
It’s friend (Laughs) Do you believe that? That
absolutely happened. People say it couldn’t happen
therefore it didn’t but that’s not the case, any
scientist know it did happen it was there, it was real, just we
haven’t figured out how that happens yet it’s the way the mind works!
And somebody was telling me that recently I got this story, one very, uhh,
strong supporter was telling me That his old iPhone was not working,
you know, sometimes you’re mobile phones you used them so much and they
get a bit passed it, but you know, he was just, you know he was trying to
live a simple life so instead of replacing it, get a new one, he kept
the old one. And when it wasn’t working he
banged it, he hit it and of course it still didn’t work
and then he realised: “I’m a Buddhist that’s not the way you should do things”
so he apologized to his iPhone “I’m sorry iPhone, I should not
have hit you, I really apologize, I will never do that again, I wish
you all peace and happiness” and he said it started working
immediately. (Laughs) It did! I’ve tried that before, not
with iPhones, I don’t have an iPhone but I’ve tried that so many times
even, where is… I saw her earlier, Ronnie, is she here? Veronica? She’s
out the back somewhere. They where trying to open they’re car,
I came back from a ceremony and I was just walking down the road
here, on a Saturday afternoon and our Kalyana-mitta group,
they where about to go out kite-surfing or doing something weird.
And anyway, the Boot of their car was locked, tight. And they
could not open it! and they where trying for twenty
minutes… OH! (Points) She’s over there, there you are. How long where you trying
to open up that car before I came along? (Lady replies, unintelligible)
Only five or ten minutes, yeah How many people tried?
(Lady replies, unintelligible) Only two of us, but you couldn’t do it?
Yeah there we go So I came along, and they said:
“Ajahn Brahm, please could you use your powers to open the car?”
(Laughs) So I’m always a very kind monk, and
very helpful, and so I said: Ok, but one condition, I wanted
to make a deal The deal was that Ronnie, at the
back there, will become a nun. (Laughs) And she said yes, never ever imagining
I could do it. But of course, that’s what you do.
You give it loving-kindness: Nice car, that was what I did,
nice car, and I put the key in and I turned it and it opened straight
away. And poor old Ronnie has to become a nun now.
Be careful, playing around with monks just, uhhh, it’s very dangerous.
But fortunately, fortunately one of the other youth group members
is a lawyer (Laughs). She saw the loophole straight away
which is why Ronnie doesn’t have to become a nun yet.
She said: “You never mentioned the time, maybe in fifty years or a next life
sometime, but, she promised yes she will become a nun but you
didn’t say when” that was the loophole. (Laughs) But it’s amazing what you can do with
the mind. And this is something which we see for such a long time,
the mind is huge! And I spent most of my life as a monk
investigating and getting to know it what it’s really like, how powerful
it is. And, it is enormously powerful and as a scientist you wish you
could take that evidence out there and show it to people, so we realize
that, you know, this mind is incredibly powerful, and this is actually what
we should be doing in our modern world Strengthening the mind, not our brain! Not learning how to think, but learning
how to be still, and accessing much more of the power which we’ve lost, you know
with our mind. And it’s incredible what it can do.
So, because of that, it’s always been the case in Buddhism: focusing
on the mind, learning what your mind is like. The exercise which we do
is meditation, that’s how you really strengthen the mind, get to know it. Simile to end up with now, cause
I’m going overtime again: Sometimes, the only way you can convey
these truths is through similes, Very hard to find similes but this is
one of the similes which I used the simile of the Emperor: So once
there was an Emperor, but every time the emperor came out in public,
the emperor was always covered, head to toe, with five pieces of clothing.
With boots that went right up to the thighs, with these trousers which
covered way over the top of the boots to the ankles and, you know, really high
up his… It wasn’t HIS, don’t know who it was; The chest. And a big jacket,
which overlapped the top of the trousers, when right up to the neck, and right
down to the arms. HUGE gloves, which overlapped the sleeves of the tunic,
and a helmet, like Darth Vader or something, which overlapped
the top of the tunic. So you could not see any part
of the skin or the eyes or the face of this emperor. You didn’t know
who the emperor was. What is it? A girl or a boy?
Old or young? Asian, Caucasian, African or whatever. You couldn’t
see the body at all, all you could see was the coverings, the five coverings:
the helmet, the jacket, the gloves, the trousers and the boots.
So no one really understood this powerful emperor, who it was. And the only way you can find out
is to take off those five pieces of clothing to find out what’s
underneath. And in that simile, this is the five
senses: Seeing, hearing, smelling tasting and touching.
You’re mind, the Emperor and it is the Emperor, controls
so much of what you do in life you’re happiness, you’re sadness,
you’re ability to love or be loved You’re physical health, you’re peace.
It’s all this Emperor inside. We don’t know what it is, you know,
who we are. So, we take off those five pieces
of clothing: seeing hearing smelling tasting and touch, that’s what happens
in meditation, close you’re eyes and sight vanishes, really still, you
can’t hear anything, can’t smell, as long as no one… Farts. (Laughs)
Disappears. You know, that is why in Buddhist
temples they would light lots of incense (Laughs), Just in case, to mask the smell.
There’s always reasons for this. And you’re not tasting anything,
and because you’re sitting perfectly still and just watching you’re breath, soon
you’re body vanishes Can’t feel the feet, can’t feel
you’re hands, no aches and pains and when you’re body disappears
then you’re breath disappears, and you go, the last of those five
senses has vanished, and the only thing left is you’re mind,
the sixth sense, that’s what happens in meditation, it’s what you do.
So you carry on like this, and soon everything of those five senses vanishes:
You’re girliness, your Sri Lankan’nes, your Englishness, that’s all outside
in the body, being old, being young that’s body stuff, when all that vanishes
you find out who this Emperor is inside for you’re self! Not theory, not believing
in somebody else: you’re own direct experience. And that is what
meditation does. You find out what is this mind,
and it will blow… actually how can knowing the mind blow you’re mind?
(Laughs) But you know what blowing the mind means. It will literally just
really amaze you, just how powerful is this mind.That’s what the monks
and nuns do! So much time, and then the body vanishes and disappears,
you see these beautiful lights in the mind, incredible bliss
and power. Therefore you understanding this mind
is much more powerful than this body. Little driver, gets into this body for
a lifetime, and afterwards goes and gets another body. Or just goes to incredible
other places where that mind can live for long periods of time. And how this
mind creates time, creates stuff. If you want to know who the creator is,
it’s not some God in the sky, You are the creator, this mind.
Once you know that, woof! You know just how you can get
twenty euros out of an ATM. (Laughs) Very useful skills in today’s economy.
Thank you for listening (Laughs). (Audience): “Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu!” Ok, very good. Ok, let’s get some of
the questions, especially from, yeah, Overseas. Here we go. (Reads iPad):
“Since a while my meditations end in the mindfulness stage, I lean back, relax
and suddenly notice how agitated I actually am. It get’s worse during
meditation so I have to stop. What to do?” Follow the instructions which I give!
So if you start by, especially paying attention to the peace o’meter, then you
find when the peace o’meter get’s more and more still, the you’re actually
looking at what’s really important so you de-agitate yourself. So sometimes
it’s because the mindfulness is not put in the right place. You’re not really
seeing what the problem is. And if you put the mind on the
peace o’meter as I mentioned here, It will probably be solved.
Next question (Reads): “Letting go. Are these two words
overused these days? People seem to be careless users for anything
they cannot get or do not want to put effort into.”
Exactly! You go to work, and instead of people saying you’re fired, or we
sack you, they say: “We have to let you go” (Laughs). They don’t have to
let you go! You’re sacking me! But, it is overused, and sometimes
people can be: “Well if we just let go we get nowhere in life!” Exactly! There
is the time for letting go, and the time for doing stuff. So, if you need to
go to the toilet, do not let go in this room (Laughs). You put effort
to get to the toilet first, and then you let go. Do not let go when you’re riding
on the back of a motorbike going home, Cling and be attached! So letting go
is a skill which we use when it’s appropriate. When there’s nothing
to do, then we let it be, when there’s something to do then we put
effort in. But the point is, we know how to put
effort into our lives, we’ve been doing that ever since we went to school!
But we haven’t learned how to be still and let things be, which is one of the
reasons we’re a crazy society. So let go: great! Learn how to do that.
A skill which you can use whenever it’s necessary. When there’s nothing
to do, do nothing, let go. How many times is it… there’s nothing
to do, but we still have to do something. Cause we don’t know how to let go. Lastly, from Germany: “What is
transcendent… transcendent mind? Is it what remains of us after death?”
Transcendent mind, I don’t know. Uhhhmm, I know that one of our monks
many years ago, he, you know, he had a bad teeth, and you know, we live in
Serpentine, it’s a long way to go to the dentist. And you know what it’s
like these days, you have to make an appointment, and when you go
to the appointment then you have to wait and then… It’s just such a pain
in the… actually probably the pain in the neck is worse than the pain
in the mouth to go to the dentist sometimes. So this monk
decided “ah yeah, it’s a waste of time going to the dentist”. So he decided to
pull his own tooth out. I saw him! He just, he went to the workshop,
got a pair of pliers and just yanked his tooth out. And I just
happened to be going to the workshop at Bodhinyana Monastery and I saw
this bloody tooth, you know, in a pair of pliers. “What have you been doing?”
“Oh you know, took my tooth out, It’s much cheaper and much quicker
than going to the dentist.” And I thought “How did you do that?” And he said “It’s very easy, because…”
It’s a wonderful little teaching He said: “When I decided to pull my
tooth out, that didn’t hurt. You know, thinking about, planning doesn’t hurt.
And when I went to the workshop that didn’t hurt, when I picked up the
pliers that didn’t hurt, when I put the pair of pliers on the tooth that
never hurt, when I wiggled that hurt! But you know, just for, maybe, twenty
seconds, thirty seconds and it was out and it didn’t hurt much afterwards.
It’s only twenty seconds of pain, that’s all.” But if that was you, (Points
at audience), even before you’d even picked up the pliers it would hurt
like hell (Laugh). You see what pain is? Anticipation.
He trained himself not to anticipate, being in the present moment, so it’s
only ten seconds of pain. So that is what we call how to…
Trancen…DENTAL meditation (Laughs). And that’s enough for tonight,
thank you so much. (Clapping). OK, let’s pay respects to Buddha, Dhamma
and Sangha, I apologize for that, but those of you who know me,
know what to expect. Araham samma-sambuddho bhagava
Buddham bhagavantam abhivademi. Svakkhato bhagavata dhammo
Dhammam namassami. Supatipanno bhagavato savakasangho
sangham namami. (Speaking, unintelligible)

100 comments

  1. You're on point except for the part about young people having greater voting power. Young people are ignorant and lack the wisdom to make decisions of that magnitude. The human brain isn't even fully developed at 18. I'm only 30, but I know ten times more now than I did at 18.

  2. I agree our mind is all we've really got – at least for now – we should all do ourselves a favor strengthening the mind will empower the Spirit…

  3. If your computer wants to buffer, LET it buffer. If it does not want to connect to the internet, treat it with kindness, give it an early burial by chucking it in the bin. That's a little Buddha joke by the way. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  5. ..many wonderful points of course, wonderful but seriously suggesting the mind is not a product of the brain is as daft as a brush.

  6. Thank you soooooo much for your words, Ajahn Brahm! You are an amazing and kind man, I just started listening to your talks about a week ago and I am very grateful for your wisdom.

  7. For the Christians commenting against Buddhism, consider this: The proof is in the pudding.

    If your religion promises heaven, how about you live beautiful, heavenly, loving, compassionate lives as products of your religion? You'll win far, far, far more converts by proving your religion through your beautiful living than by beating people over the head with your dogma… which itself is a form of ill spirited violence.

    As such, Buddhism produces far more Christlike results in its adherents than Christianity could ever dream. No wonder Christianity is withering on the vine.

    Just remember that the only people Jesus ever reproached were religious leaders because of their hypocrisy and ill spiritedness…

  8. Yeaaaah okay ajahn brahm..u carry on living in a world where ur own mother is NOT a psycho narcissist who just wants to destroy you in every way. abd u cant get away from the b****. Sorry โœ‹ but u clearly have never been neglected or abused either as an adult or child. Ur "society" pays for everything and so u have no reason to worry. For anything.

  9. It's so true that something wrong with our educational system " we learn how to think. we don't know how to be still.".

  10. There is only one God YHWH and Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God

  11. Buddhism is a false teaching. Salvation comes from Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone! There is no other way!

  12. Ajahn's humorous, compassionate and incredibly powerful talks helped me through deep sadness last year. I could never thank him enough. Buddhism is truth.

  13. Jesus Christ is the only way

  14. I am giving my opinion about the talk. You don't need to tell me to "calm down" like a child. Disrespect for the elderly makes me angry and there is nothing wrong with feeling this way. I don't know who you are. But by the way th replied you aren't you someone I want to even know.

  15. How do i/you become a Buddhist monk?Can anyone become a Buddhist monk. I'm interested in becoming a Buddhist monk,can you be of any age,appreciate any advice.Thanks.

  16. 28:21 "Great scientists are being trying to prove that mind is some byproduct of the brain and they have failed miserably", Right… i think im done with this bullshit.

  17. Hello Ajahn I listen to your Lectures every night and besides learning a lot I find it so soothing that I immediately fall a sleep and therefore have to repeat it to finish it. Your voice is very soothing and hope you can come to. Brisbane soon

  18. This is so crazy. When I was a kid I had a firm belief that if I treated my slow, dial-up computer nicely that it would be nice back. And I'd talk to it and pet it and it would actually work. It had dents in it from my siblings kicking it and I would tell them to be nice to it. XD

  19. I listen to Ajahn Brahm very often because he is so interesting and has had wide experience in life's problems -probably by listening to people who confide in him etc.I will recommend his web site or better still -to watch him on ย you tube ..Philip Jayawardena

  20. This is, hands down, one of THE best talks from a spiritual representative I've heard in a lonnnnng time. Well done Ajahn Brahm!

  21. Buddha is not a person or a thing.
    It is the title of the enlightenment of Prince Siddhartha Gauthama.
    So we call Gauthama Buddha. Even if you enlightened you r a Buddha too. However Buddha state is so profound and deep. The vision in Buddha state can see any thing. The reason the mind that we use intervening time when we thinking. Buddha nature does not use mind, it is a mindless state. Example ( as a freshly born baby he does not has the mind we have, his mind does not have words or concepts) on our way to enlightenment we go upstream towards the freshly born baby and retain Back the luminous mind we had.

    Freshly born state, we didnโ€™t even know we would die or been born. No far or near, no up or down.

    So Buddha said whoever sees my teaching becomes the Maithree Buddha.

    We all can become Buddha and be like him.
    Thatโ€™s why his teaching is so unique. There is no closed fist in his teaching.

    Today most Buddhist has no clue of what Buddha teaching is.
    Buddhas teaching is very deep and ordinary people giving the meaning that they think Buddha might have meant.
    To see Buddha you need to be a Buddha too.
    Time and distance does not exist in Buddha teachings.

    โ€œIโ€ does not exist in Buddha teaching. There is no โ€œIโ€ or a โ€œpersonโ€ in this body.
    Buddha teaching origins from deep sleep-side. Science calls Blackhole
    Buddha calls deep sleep is our blackhole. In our own blackhole nothing exist not even the โ€œIโ€
    Time barrier intervenes with โ€œIโ€ oneday if you are lucky person and you could see the world without โ€œIโ€ you can see anywhere. Everything! Universe all secrets unfold to you.
    The โ€œIโ€ is an illusion non existence.

    We fight we are not at peace because of โ€œIโ€

    If we realized that there is no โ€œIโ€ within me, there is no another person outside too.
    No more ignorance, you are at peace. No more death or birth again. Born or die if there is a person. There is no person.
    All you have is the vision.

    Buddha teachings does not have birth or death.

    Everything in the universe working in circles. In a round no ends or starts.

    Our only instruments we use now to see the world is our senses. The senses are not showing the truth. Senses see like the deer sees the mirage for water. If you install pair of X-ray eyes then your current world changes, you can see through. And so on. Buddha vision can see transparent everything.

    You have this massive power please try to tap it.

  22. This unscrupulous world of murderers speaks of peace
    Women and children of Burma have not yet dried up your innocent killers

  23. There's an interesting book about Quantum physics 'In search of Schroedinger's cat' there are some difficult maths bits (for me), but plow through that and there is some interesting stuff about observer-affected experiments & ideas about consciousness being the universe looking at itself. I'm not really doing it justice, and maybe misunderstood a lot of it. I re-read it from time to time and am yet to find much contradictory to what I know of Buddhism. Although I admit I'm no expert in either.

  24. I call bullshit on "global warming". The term is becoming passe and even the corporate types who want to tax global warming away have opted for the more redundant term, "climate change". Democracy doesn't work, you say? Yet if was Democrat Al Gore who promulgated global warming and propagandized it through his film, "An Inconvenient Truth". According to Gore, we should all be fried to death by now. In other words, be careful with people who are allegedly attempting to "make things better". Politicians in particular, "spiritual people" in general.

  25. Around 28;30. Love Ajahn Brahms talks, but he is just flat ass wrong in his assertion that scientist have failed to prove mind is a byproduct of brain. Without a brain, there can be no mind. You change the brain, then you fundamentally change that person,their personality and who they are at their core. Mind is not separate from brain. The notion that a mind exist independently of a brain is ridiculous.

  26. I think the most powerful line for anyone who struggles with perfectionist tendencies:

    "Trying so hard to be something you're not.". When you put it that way you realize how illogical it is to be something you're not. It's like a circle trying to be a triangle. Just stop it, it's never going to happen! It's not that we can't improve. It's that we shouldn't expect to be perfect. A full acceptance of our faults.

  27. "Don't store up for yourselves treasure that thief and moth can destroy"…same principles..its not a east versus west issue..there is a universality of these truths.

  28. That little bit about democracy from 9:00 to somewhere, that was a bit unsettling. At least where i come from old people are already seen as expendable and "on their way out" living in these nursery homes with questionable care. I don't want to imagine a democracy where they would have even less of a say.

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  30. Where is one's mind ? The best answer I have heard so far as to where the mind is by Ajahn Sumano here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0HgS8pUuuc&list=PLrITI8CjMvj7WiJRn91TRUJQMepwLU633&index=5
    where he says that the mind is where your attention is .When you are listening then your mind is in your ear , if you are watching then your mind is in your eye etc .. he says is much better and elaborately in his discourse.

  31. from my view, letting things go should also include letting go Stephen Hawkins and theoretical physics

  32. Tolong dong, kalau ada orang indonesia di sini, tolong translatin ke bahasa indonesia kalau ada yang bisa. .
    Materinya bagus ini. tolong. .

  33. … remarkable argument for political disenfranchisement of old people, monastics, and those not materially invested in continued living in this world. Ajahn, one of the things many young people see no value in investing in is healthcare. Additionally, impulse control is low due to biological development in the brain until age 26 or 27. I understand you dispise democracy, but it is not the worst possibility for human organizarion. Nor is monastic lifestyle a guarenteed way to bring oyt the best in everyone; google Buddhist to see news. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm a Buddhist and i love your talks almost always but please Respected Sir do not carry messages for policical forces. It cannot be harmless imo.

  34. Huh? democracy doesnt work? Giving more votes to the young? I disagree. would you rather live in the USA or Venezuela, N Korea, Cuba? Thats
    what I thought.lol. Old peolple have no value or wisdom?

  35. Don't Buddhists believe in reincarnation? Therefore the old should get more votes as theyre closer to their new life! He's an egotistical sod as well always banging on about his book and name dropping. No ego? Not brahm he is ego

  36. Anyone else have any tips for meditation with degenerative disc disease and chronic pain? Good news is I got off opiates for pain control after 5 years. Bad news I canโ€™t sit still long enough to actually meditate because of the pain.

  37. Even though I don't like his opinions about politics, I still love ajahn brahm. He said so himself that we don't need to agree with him on everything because that would make us his sheep.

  38. Thank you for giving me some peace of mind when I come to listen to you Ajahn Brahm. Bless you……Paul

  39. But thatโ€™s the nature of Desire … whatever it is we acquire, we will eventually get tired and sick of … and we will want something else. How can we stop this cycle of Desire?

  40. The more things cost the less important it is. How to solve problems? Have less. Get rid of the 50% waste. Live simpler. That is not what the world wants. The world WANTS to suffer and live in fears and desires to have something to do. People don't want peace. People want excitement, entertainment, and expensive lives with high taxes. Simple life is the solution but alcoholics want more alcohol, not less. The bankers want more debt not less. Those with addictions want more addiction, not less. This is a problem where more prosperity, more money, more of everything is what people want, not less. Even as status symbols, people want more, more more, never enough.

  41. Ajahn wants us to walk the dumma. Of you listen daily you find yourself becoming more compassionate and accepting of what is. Metta ๐Ÿ™

  42. Reverencing the Buddha we offer flowersโ€ฆ | The Buddhist Centre

    https://thebuddhistcentre.com/BAM/reverencing-buddha-we-offer-flowersโ€ฆ

    Jun 23, 2016 – Of the top ten best-selling cut flowers, few can be home-grown all year round. The world's largest flower-growing nations are currently the Netherlands, Colombia, Kenya and Israel, all of which are large exporters to the UK. Others such as India, South Africa, Ecuador and Malaysia are fast catching up.

  43. Great talk thank you so much !!
    Points-
    Learn to be still.
    The biggest thing is mind. Its the emperor of YOUR body/world learn to control it by mediating or practiceing mindfullness meditation.

  44. Doesn't he believe in reincarnation? So old people would need same amount of votes. Stick to Buddhism and not the global warming nonsense which is a hoax- Global Solar minimums

  45. I shared a room with two sisters when I was a kid: three of us in one room, with our beds kind of shoved together. Today, it's like we've hardly met. Whether or not there is love in a family isn't dependent on money or lack thereof at all. Being poor doesn't make anyone a better person. Ignorance is where ignorance is. Love is where love is.

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