Beyond Happiness

12 December 2023
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 8.30PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:1.5hr
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Ajahn Brahmali
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:In Person Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • As the year comes to a close, take a moment to slow down, breathe, and reflect on the beauty of gratitude. Ajahn Brahmali, a renowned speaker and guide in Buddhist teachings, will lead us in a thought-provoking talk that delves into the profound wisdom shared by the Buddha over 2,600 years ago.

    Explore the power of gratitude in every situation, no matter how complex or challenging. Discover the positive seeds hidden within, waiting to be nurtured.

    Let Ajahn Brahmali inspire you with the timeless words of the Buddha: “The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done” – two rare gems in our world.

    Don’t miss this chance to embrace gratitude and wisdom as we bid farewell to the year. Come together for a night of reflection, inspiration and community.


    Teacher profile

    Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964. He first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan. Having completed degrees in engineering and finance, he began his monastic training as an anagarika (keeping the eight precepts) in England at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monastery.

    After hearing teachings from Ajahn Brahm he decided to travel to Australia to train at Bodhinyana Monastery. Ajahn Brahmali has lived at Bodhinyana Monastery since 1994, and was ordained as a Bhikkhu, with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor, in 1996. In 2015 he entered his 20th Rains Retreat as a fully ordained monastic and received the title Maha Thera (Great Elder).

    Ajahn Brahmali’s knowledge of the Pali language and of the Suttas is excellent. Bhikkhu Bodhi who translated most of the Pali Canon into English for Wisdom Publications called him one of his major helpers for the recent translation of the “Numerical Discourse of the Buddha”. He has also published two essays on Dependent Origination and a book called “The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts” with the Buddhist Publication Society in collaboration with Bhante Sujato.

    The monastics of the Buddhist Society of WA (BSWA) often turn to him to clarify Vinaya (monastic discipline) or Sutta questions. They also greatly appreciate his Sutta and Pali classes. Furthermore he has been instrumental in most of the building and maintenance projects at Bodhinyana Monastery and at the emerging Hermit Hill property in Serpentine.

    Apart from the regular talks at Dhammaloka Centre in Perth Ajahn Brahmali and Ajahn Sujato have also led two ongoing courses on Early Buddhism and Kamma and Rebirth in 2014 and 2015.

    Ajahn Brahmali’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha easily accessible to all. As his teachings and Sutta Retreats in Australia were getting more and more popular over the years and as the word about him spread, he started to travel to Singapore, Indonesia and Sri Lanka recently to share his knowledge and experience.



    All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give is shared equally with the teacher and the Buddhist Library. This helps to maintain the Library and supports the teacher so that they may offer more teachings on the Dhamma in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma.