“We should always be grateful for the faults in our partner because if they didn’t have those faults from the start, they would have been able to marry someone much better than us”
Have you ever sat in church and wished it was a bit lighter? Less serious, maybe even comical? Maybe you’ve considered Buddhism and Zen but found yourself at odds with the austere teachings.
What if you had your own monk? Part Monk and part stand-up comedian. No need to feed him after sunset or even wash his robes, just turn him on from your iPhone or tablet.
If that sounds enticing, I encourage you to spend some time with Ajahn Brahm and the merry monks of Western Australia presented on their YouTube channel. Ajahn Brahm is one of the many delightfully funny speakers of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, also known as the BSWA.
The BSWA has an extensive collection of YouTube videos on topics which we all encounter daily. Some of my favorites are Dealing with Difficult People, How to be Positive, Four ways of Letting Go, and Does Life Suck?
Many of the talks contain light humor and insights on how we can live better, embracing the worldly challenges around us. The videos range from a few minutes to a couple of hours so you can always find something that fits the bill.
If reading is more your style Ajahn Brahm also has an extensive collection of books, such as Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung and Good? Bad? Who Knows. Check those out at his site, where you will also find podcasts and speaking event schedules.
Make Ajahn Brahm and the BSWA part of your next spiritual study, you could emerge with warm acceptance toward life’s challenges and a maybe learn a couple new jokes. Give it a try.