Monday, 23 December 2013
Ajahn Brahm: good, bad, who knows?
blog entry here so that I could share one of the stories with other people who would otherwise not have heard of this Abbot of the Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine, southern Perth, Australia.
At the end of 2009 when my wife and I had the opportunity to drive around the south-western region of West Australia, we made a detour to the Bodhinyana Monastery, hoping to meet with Ajahn Brahm again. Sadly to us, he was on one of his many speaking jaunts around this part of the world. Such was his popularity then, and such is his popularity until today. So we missed meeting him in Perth.
Last year, though, visiting Penang wasn't in his plans. But he is here again today, and will be around for the nightly talks until 29 Dec 2013. All the talks will be at the temple in Kampar Road except for the final one which shall be held at the Triple Wisdom Hall in Pangkor Road, Penang. I've been told that that talk would be bilingual and someone will be translating Ajahn Brahm as the talk progresses.
However, I still pined for the missing book because I still needed his teachings to reinforce my own flagging self-belief from time to time. Last Saturday at the Sri Mahindarama temple, I had hoped to see the book on sale again as I had wished to get a replacement. But it wasn't.
There was also a second book of Ajahn Brahm's that I picked up. The follow-up sequel to the Truckload of Dung, called Good? Bad? Who Knows?, contained a further 108 stories that are guaranteed to lift the spirits of anyone who needs even more inspiration in their lives.
These two books are real treasures. I will recommend them heartily to anyone who claims that books about Buddhism are generally dry, long-winded and difficult to read and comprehend. Ajahn Brahm has shown that there is another side to Buddhist teachings. His method of teaching is contrary to this profiling about Buddhist monks who expound the Dhamma. His is capable of reaching out to the typical common man-in-the-street, like me. If I can pick up these two books willingly, so can you too. Just try it.