What Happens After You Die? | Ajahn Brahm | 08-04-2011



Ajahn Brahm talks about what happens just before, during and after the dying process, how to approach it and how to enjoy it.
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43 thoughts on “What Happens After You Die? | Ajahn Brahm | 08-04-2011

  1. I hope the senses don't disappear permanently. Getting the best of my eyesight back is all I have to look forward to. I miss the world already as I'm no longer 20 something. I miss the clarity and beauty of the world.

  2. And yeah man!
    compare a bieber with your father and you must be completely fucked up๐Ÿ˜‚
    Of course you have the same expectations and feelings for these two๐Ÿ˜จMan i know what you mean but u make it to easy,maybe 16 years youve known your father was just not long enough.You are talking so fucking easy, but thats not the way it is

  3. So, my guess with the lady who tried to die and got flung back into her body was she created it in her mind, and of course if you fight it you give it energy so in the end she ended up going back; it's just like the guy who had the wheel scrapping his head, once he gave in it disappeared, so if she gave in she probably could've just died.

    This place is garbage for lessons, nobody here to explain or guide you through things, it's just "Well, you all go over there, forget everything and refigure it out for yourselves.".

  4. I just want to say this guy has made a hugely positive impact in my life. I have OCD and there are times where I get crippling obsession and fear of death. And regardless of the science or what we know (which is really nothing from scientists or spiritual leaders) this guyโ€™s talks are so incredibly calming to me. Heโ€™s calm and serenity towards death brings calmness and serenity to me.

  5. The monster in the ray bans, straw hat with a flower on the side = Snape boggart in his grandmas clothes. The ridiculous spell? JK Rolling's Harry Potter and Ajahn Brahm share similar wisdom

  6. The mind is not separate from the brain. It is the RESULT of the brain's processes. When you die, your mind dies with it. I am a Buddhist myself, but I do not subscribe to any of the superstitious and pseudo-scientific parts of it.

  7. Thank u for such a reassuring talk! I have only just discovered theravada bhuddism and it has changed my life. I am 65 and discovered that so many teachings
    were already inside me even reincarnation seems sgo

  8. After watching many videos on NDEs and listening to different professionals state their opinions, I feel a sense of obligation to finally share my experience, which, with the help of Hubble, has definitely been verified…

    My NDE happened over 47 years ago when I was struck by lightning while talking on the telephone in my living room. According to several doctors at the hospital, it was a miracle that I was not physically damaged in any way. When I was able to talk, I kept telling them about the beautiful light and the magnificent journey that I'd taken through the stars etc, to meet it, but none could explain where I'd been. It was my home doctor who later suggested that I had possibly been momentarily dead. I described the unforgettable Light to many people in the years that followed – some seemed to understand but most thought it was probably just an illusion.

    During the 80s and 90s, a lot of doctors who made comments on NDEs described them as something that was programmed within the mind to take place during death, in order to help people deal with the dying process. This came as a big disappointment to me because my beautiful experience with the multi-coloured Light had taken away the fear of death and helped me move towards a path that would eventually allow me to understand much more about myself and the world/universe around me than anyone had ever taught me. I reluctantly began to accept the doctors' explanations with deep regret, until one day in 2003, I was glancing through a newspaper and came across a picture taken by Hubble of the Cone Nebula. The picture was in colour and instantly took my breath away – I trembled and my head spun. It looked exactly like the Light that I'd visited in 1970 and had been describing to people ever since – (even Today, it seems like I was there only a moment ago).

    The Light was the most beautiful experience of love and security, that even after all these years nothing has compared. It felt like I'd found my way home after being lost in a scary jungle. The Light's multitude of vibrant colours all blended together in what seemed to be perfect harmony. Each of the colours seemed to be intelligent – it was as if they were alive and sending me a loving welcome.Then I was whisked backwards away just as quickly as I'd arrived. I burst back into the bubble that I'd burst out of before I'd entered space to head to the Light.

    From then on, I began questioning everything that I'd been taught about God. It was as though something inside me had been switched on, exposing me of a far-distant extension of my reality and it was very scary. I was left with a huge void to fill and no knowledge of how to fill it. Motivated by an underlying driving force, I began searching for something with no idea of what it was. I went from one country to the next and to add to my dilemma, I seemed to arrive just in time for a disaster, including revolutions, typhoons and earthquakes etc. There were so many times that I could have been killed like the many others around me that were.

    Then one day while I was napping in Hong Kong, I had a dream and in it I was informed that there was, even more, chaos to confront before my destiny would take me to a country, where I would meet my best friend (future friend that is) who would take me to the foot of a great pointed mountain. Once there I would find the truth that I needed to find. I told friends about the dream, who laughed and joked about it – I also laughed with them. Not long after the strange dream 500 hundred people were killed by landslides all around me – an apartment building a couple of doors away from mine, fell over knocking the top 5 floors off the empty building being built beneath it – there were cries of horror and the smell of rotting bodies. Unable to cope, I jumped on a plane and headed for Manila, arriving just in time for a record-breaking flood and the revolution that ended the Marcus ruling. I had to run for my life and leave all my belongings behind to get on a rescue flight back to Hong Kong.

    By then I was drinking heavily and so depressed that I was even thinking of suicide. An agent was in Hong Kong looking for a replacement vocalist for an American band that were playing in a Tokyo club. Next thing I knew, I was in Japan trying my best to perform with a very wild heavy metal band (no easy task for a cabaret singer). At the club, I met someone who became the best mate that I'd ever had. He taught me to chant the words Nam-myoho-renge kyo and took me to a beautiful temple at the foot of Mount Fuji (I knew right away that it was the pointed mountain that I'd been told about in my dream). Like most religious groups do, the organisation promoting the chant, claimed to be the only ones right while all the others were wrong. The chant had an amazing effect on my daily life – it was like an awakening and somehow it connected me to the beautiful Light – there were even moments while chanting, that I experienced some of the wonderment that I'd felt at the Light.

    I stuck with the organisation to learn as much as I could and then spent years trying to divide what the actual teaching was from the added politics of the organisation. I eventually left the organisation and have since depended on my own volition to sort things out. In doing so, I have studied other beliefs and discovered that some of what they teach is almost the same as what Nichiren taught (Nichiren was the first person to chant NMRK and teach it to others). The one thing that became more and more obvious to me was that the three major Laws of (Nature – Cause and Effect – Communication or oneness of past/present/future) represented by myoho-renge-kyo, represent the underlying fundamental Laws of everything, no matter what we choose to believe or not. I also gained a better understanding of the teachings of Jesus (not by what was written about his lessons by his disciple's (who all denied even knowing him when he was arrested) but by the example that he set 'between the lines'. He also taught Nature – Cause and Effect (reap what we sow) and prayer = communication. But it appears that the disciples didn't get it right, even though when they asked where the Kingdom of God was and Jesus told them that it was within their own lives, they still believed and taught others to believe that God was a man in the sky.I also got to understand that, minus all the added misconceptions, Nichiren taught many of the same things as Jesus did.

    Scientists now say that our solar system was born out of a nebula – that physically everything, including ourselves, is made out of stardust and that energy never disappears or ends. Nichiren taught that our body is a small planet, which relies on Earth's environment to exist, and that our life-force is a small universe that contains 'everything' that exists, even though we are only awake to a very small part of it. Like Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is within (which obviously must mean that's where God is also) Nichiren taught that Enlightenment (Buddhahood) is within. He also taught that there are millions of other worlds like ours with their own mountains, rivers and moons and that there are also places that are wonderful far beyond our present comprehension to conceive and understand. In the physical sense, they are scattered all over the universe – in the spiritual sense, they are all located within each of us. (one way to understand this is how TV works etc.) It doesn't matter how many TVs there are, they are all able to present the same thing if tuned in.

    The one thing that confused me after seeing the pictures of Cone Nebular, taken by Hubble back in 2003, was how could I have possibly travelled that distance and back, as even at the speed of light it wouldn't have been possible. Yet, long before Hubble was even built, I accurately described the Cone nebular to so many people. It's only in the last few years that it has finally made sense to me. I went there and back within my own life-force – I travelled across the universe that each of us contains within – not physically but spiritually. I now know that NDEs are journeys we make beyond our physical/Earthly limitations, into our own unknown selves. I also believe that, by way of continuous physical rebirths, we are on a journey to within to eventually discover our true selves – reach a point where we can understand life as it truly is and awaken the wisdom to comprehend and know the real meaning of 'God

  9. English people you are lucky
    I 'm french and i like to study theravada but there is not so much vidรฉo in french
    but it's ok it will make me grow in english !
    Peace

  10. Today is my father's 7th death anniversary. I just shared this video on FB with my family and friends. Thank you. Dear Sir….Please let me know when you come to London…….Thanks.

  11. The nde a women had undergoing surgery where her brain was or should have been deactivated via chilling of her blood is another good example as is just surgery in general under anesthesia which targets brain activity

  12. Around the 26th minute, the story of the guy who was meditating so deeply that they thought he had died, picked him up and took him to hospital, scanned and checked him etc. Really? Sounds like baloney to me. As if you wouldn't know someone is picking you up and putting you in a car and all that. Deep meditation would be dangerous if that were really the case. Doubt that one.

  13. Thank you. I am one of those persons that remember some of my past lives. I would like to know why is it that some people have had more lifetimes than others? Could it be that soul/energy is unfolded at different times?

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