Q: How Might Those With A Scientific Background Relate To Teachings On Rebirth?

(approx. 11 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q: "For those of us with a Western scientific back ground, some of the more metaphysical teachings of the Buddha's teachings such as rebirth are hard to make sense of. And even from the perspective of the teaching on Anatta, rebirth is hard to make sense of! Please could you give advice on how to relate to those parts of the teachings that seem to require belief in things we cannot know for ourselves and also the parts of the teachings that we plain just don’t understand.” Engage the paradox, dilemma, clinging, fear, selfless just-knowing awareness, anatta, compulsively taking sides, intelligence, not-knowing, laws of materiality, laws of consciousness, gravity, conceptual formulation, trust, study, uncertainty, greed, poison, humility, modesty, abdication, True Principles, not avoiding responsibility, dilemmas are a gift.

Q: Could You Guide Us In A Contemplation On The 5 Spiritual Faculties?

(approx. 12 minutes) KEYWORDS: "In one of your talks you ask us to contemplate on 5 spiritual faculties. You had given some ideas on faith. Could you please guide us on this too." Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Thate, indriyasamvara, hiri ottappa, basic tools, sadha, faith, fragrance, honeysuckle, floating, 3 levels of faith, viriya, energy, intensity, transformation, tedious mediocrity, interest, challenge, sati, embodied mindfulness, satipatthana sutta, gatekeeper, praise and blame, samadhi, collectedness, ceto-vimutti, discernment, mirror, self-reflective capacity, accuracy of perception, compassion, goal.

Q: As Lay People How Do We Learn To Let Go?

(approx. 14 minutes) Keywords: Right emphasis, casual culture, clinging, consequences, confidence, true principles, faith in Dhamma, Mahamangala Sutta, 3-4-5 framing, 3 Refuges, Buddha, Dhamma Sangha, 3 marks of existence, impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, not-self, chaos, order, apparent self, rainbow, 4 divine abidings, conscious caring, compassion, empathy, equanimity, storehouse of wholesomeness, 4 Noble Truths, 5 Precepts, integrity, safety, foundation, lotus, 5 spiritual faculties, potentials, cultivation.