Continuing the discussion from Ajahn Brahm—Novice and Anagarika Class—Bodhinyana 2010:
Sorry for the long introduction but I needed to put this question in a broader perspective. It follows a caution by Anagarika @Pasanna
This question specifically addresses the Wednesday talks given at Bodhinyana monastery to monks (and anagarikas and lay visitors?) during the rains retreat and weekly over the year and not the other talks already posted on this forum. These talks given to monastics go straight to the point and are concerned with one goal only—liberation, so they are a very different ‘Ajahn Brahm experience’ and therefore tailored for those really dedicated to the path.
These talks are scattered here and there on the internet and collected—as well as all other talks—under the assumption they are freely offered and shared. Some of this talks are also available on the internet as transcripts and some have even been published by BSWA in two books: ‘Simply This Moment!’ and ‘The Art of Disappearing’.
I was not aware of any restrictions for sharing these specific talks (there is an entire collection of Bodhinyana Rains Retreat talks from 1994–2009 shared as a torrent—but like many rare resources currently isn’t available due to lack of seeders—and I doubt someone would deliberately share this against an explicit request not to). I always assumed that these talks are not made widely available through the ‘official’ BSWA channels simply because they are not oriented to a wide audience and could indeed even scare someone with less experience to the deep Dhamma away from the path rather than draw them closer to it.
But on the other hand these talks can be of tremendous benefit for those who lean toward the path of renunciation but are at present not able to go forth. I found from my own experience that when the mind is calm enough and prepared to hear this kind of Dhamma it really makes one want to practice like their clothes are on fire, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to hear these talks.
Having said all this, I think it is best to ask directly, and since we are fortunate enough to have monastics from the Bodhinyana monastery present on this forum (I believe at least Bhantes @Brahmali and @Sunyo visit occasionally, and of course Bhante @Sujato who I believe is returning to Perth): what is the position of the Bodhinyana Sangha on this? Is it appropriate to share these talks or not?