Residents interested in a Buddhist perspective on happiness have the chance to register for a free talk at the Margaret River Heart later this month. Billed as “Australia’s happiest monk”, Buddhist Society of WA spiritual director Ajahn Brahm, pictured, is leaving Serpentine’s Bodhinyana monastery for a road trip to the South West. Brahm is a 48-year veteran of Buddhism and a former theoretical physicist at Cambridge University who gave up academia to pursue inner peace. His trip to the region, which includes a stop in Nannup, was organised locally by the Busselton-Margaret River Buddhist Alliance. Co-ordinator Sol Hanna told the Times the visit on October 31 was sparked by a desire to spread everyday happiness in the region. “This is the first talk that Ajahn Brahm has ever given in Margaret River and a great opportunity for people living in the South West to hear Australia’s favourite monk,” he said. “He is coming to the South West to share his wisdom with local people that are interested in spiritual development, and he will be talking about the secret to happy living.” Brahm is also credited as an author and inventor of the “kindfulness” method of mixing public service with mindfulness. The 3pm talk is free.