Stress: an Overreaction to Life

Ajahn Brahm, a great (humble, very funny, very magical) Thai Buddhist monk and teacher gives this talk on how to cope with stress.  I offer it here because it has done a lot for me personally.  I also like to post his videos in order to make more people aware of him because his is a very worthwhile voice in a troubled world.


Learn Not to Blame Yourself


As a novice monk in Thailand, Ajahn Brahm always got sleepy during meditation. He felt hopeless about himself until one day he realized that it was not his fault. Ajahn Brahms teaches us to not blame ourselves or others because difficulties are great opportunities to learn.

Ajahn Brahm talks about depression.

Ajahn (“teacher”) Brahm is a very smart man.  He’s a Thai Buddhist monk of English-Australian origins.  Don’t be put off by his down-to-earth manner and sense of humor.  He does not take himself too seriously and yet the things he has to say are incredibly useful.  Although I do not identify as a Buddhist, I think Buddhism has great insights into the human mind and what it means to find tranquility in life.  I recommend this video in particular, especially his famous “2 Bad Bricks in the Wall” story.


Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche Mantra

Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche mantra – Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally concealed during the time of Padmasambhava in Tibet and later rediscovered by Karma Lingpa (14th century) who brought it forth from its place of concealment and copied it down on reams of gold. It is simply known as “The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra.” It begins with an invocation and then goes into a dialogue between Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual consort of Padmasambhava, and Padmasambhava himself. Buddhist music which originated from India, then Buddhist music in its infancy, along with the maturity of Buddhist culture, Buddhist music going the era of development and spread to other countries. Buddhist music is music created for or inspired by Buddhism and part of Buddhist art. Mật chú Kim Cang Thượng Sư là của Guru Rinpoche, còn được gọi là Padmasambhava (Liên Hoa Sanh). Câu mật chú này được dấu kỹ trong thời Liên Hoa Sanh ở Tây Tạng. Đến thế kỷ 14, được Karma Lingpa khám phá ra và chép lại trên vàng lá và được gọi là “giải thích từng lời của mật chú Kim Cang Thượng Sư, Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.

(Source: Uploaded by afonya83 on Jun 17, 2011.  Dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (from Pema Wangdi Lama – Buddhist Incantations))