From Ajahn Brahm’s talk in BSV. Ajahn talks about the importance of injecting humour into one’s spiritual life, especially when one faces adversity. Ajahn talks about the importance of laughing with others when one makes a mistake, so that others will laugh with one, not at one. “You make a mistake, and what a wonderful gift it is…it’s a wonderful opportunity to make other people happy.” One should laugh not because of adversity, but because all of us make mistakes in life. Ajahn also jokes about his Buddhist tradition, which isn’t Hinayana, Mahayana or Vajrayana, but Hahayana (H from Hinayana, AHA from M-aha-yana, and YANA from Vajra-yana).
Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to handle adversity using Buddhist wisdom. With the right perspective you can handle life’s rocky moments with a smile.
Taken from a public talk given at Collingwood Town Hall, Victoria.