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Ajahn Chah BodhiNAna. (1918-1992). A prominent Thai monk who was one of the most influential Thai forest-meditation masters (PHRA PA) of the twentieth century. Born in the village of Baan Gor in the northeastern Thai province of Ubon Ratchathani, he was ordained as a novice at his local temple, where he received his basic education and studied the Buddhist teachings. After several years of training, he returned to lay life to attend to the needs of his parents, but motivated by his religious calling, at the age of twenty, he took higher ordination (UPASAMPADA) as a BHIKsU and continued his studies of PAli scripture. His father's death prompted him to travel to other monasteries in an effort to acquire a deeper understanding of Buddhist teaching and discipline under the guidance of different teachers. During his pilgrimage, he met AJAHN MUN BHuRIDATTA, the premier meditation master of the Thai forest-dwelling (ARANNAVASI) tradition. After that encounter, Ajahn Chah traveled extensively throughout the country, devoting his energies to meditation in forests and charnel grounds (sMAsANA). As his reputation grew, he was invited to establish a monastery near his native village, which became known as Wat Pa Pong after the name of the forest (reputed to be inhabited by ghosts) in which it was located. Ajahn Chah's austere lifestyle, simple method of mindfulness meditation, and straightforward style of teaching attracted a large following of monks and lay supporters, including many foreigners. In 1966, he established Wat Pa Nanachat, a branch monastery specifically for Western and other non-Thai nationals, next to Wat Pa Pong. In 1976, he was invited to England, which led to the establishment of the first branch monastery of Wat Pa Pong there, followed by others in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. He also visited the United States, where he spoke at retreats at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Ajahn Chah died in 1992, after several years in a coma.

Ajahn Chah BodhiNāna

BodhiNAna. (1917-1992). See AJAHN CHAH BODHINAnA.

thudong. (P. dhutanga). In Thai, "ascetics"; the tradition of forest monks (P. ARANNAVM-DM-^@SI) who observe the strict set of thirteen austerities (DHUTAnGA), such as eating only one meal a day, living in the forest or at the root of a tree, meditating in charnel grounds, eating only from the alms bowl, etc. In Thailand, the thudong tradition is strongest in the Northeast, near the Laotian border, and is particularly, but not exclusively, associated with the reformed THAMMAYUT (P. Dhammayuttika) order. The thudong tradition experienced a resurgence in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when it was revitalized through the efforts of AJAHN MUN BHuRIDATTA, Ajahn Sao KantasM-DM-+la (1861-1941), and, later, AJAHN CHAH BODHINM-DM-^@nA.

vipassanM-DM-^A. In PM-DM-^Ali, "insight" (see also S. VIPAsYANM-DM-^@). Insight is defined as the direct intuition of the three marks (P. tilakkhana; S. TRILAKsAnA) of existence that characterize all phenomena: P. aniccM-DM-^A (S. ANITYATM-DM-^@) or impermanence, dukkha (S. DUM-aM-8M-$KHA) or suffering, and anatta (S. ANM-DM-^@TMAN) or nonself. Insight associated with the attainment of any of the eight noble paths and fruits (P. ariyamaggaphala; S. M-DM-^@RYAMM-DM-^@RGAPHALA) or associated with the attainment of cessation (NIRODHASAMM-DM-^@PATTI) is classified as supramundane (P. lokuttara; S. LOKOTTARA); that which is not associated with the noble paths and fruits is classified as mundane (P. lokiya; S. LAUKIKA). The classical commentarial paradigm pairs vipassanM-DM-^A with samatha (S. sAMATHA), or tranquillity, these two together being described as the two wings of Buddhist meditative cultivation (BHM-DM-^@VANM-DM-^@). VipassanM-DM-^A, when fully developed, leads to enlightenment (BODHI) and nibbM-DM-^Ana (S. NIRVM-DM-^@nA); samatha when fully developed leads to the attainment of JHM-DM-^@NA (S. DHYM-DM-^@NA), or meditative absorption, and the attainment of certain supranormal powers (P. abhiNNM-DM-^A; S. ABHIJNM-DM-^@). While the formal training in vipassanM-DM-^A meditation does not require the prior attainment of either jhM-DM-^Ana or abhiNNM-DM-^A, the mind must nevertheless have achieved a modicum of pacification through "threshold concentration" (UPACM-DM-^@RASAMM-DM-^@DHI) as a prerequisite for successful vipassanM-DM-^A practice. The VISUDDHIMAGGA lists eighteen main types of vipassanM-DM-^ANM-DM-^Ana (S. vipasyanM-DM-^AjNM-DM-^Ana), or insight knowledge, of (1) impermanence (aniccM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (2) suffering (dukkhM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (3) nonself (anattM-DM-^AnupnupassanM-DM-^A), (4) aversion (nibbidM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (5) dispassion (virM-DM-^AgM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (6) extinction (nirodhM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (7) abandoning (patinissaggM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^AM-DM-^A), (8) waning (khayM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (9) disappearing (vayM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (10) change (viparinM-DM-^AmM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (11) signlessness (animittM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (12) wishlessness (apanihitM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (13) emptiness (suNNatM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (14) higher wisdom regarding phenomena (adhipaNNM-DM-^AdhammavipassanM-DM-^A), (15) knowledge and vision that accords with reality (YATHM-DM-^@BHuTAJNM-DM-^@NADARsANA), (16) contemplation of danger (M-DM-^AdM-DM-+navM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), (17) contemplation involving reflection (patisankhM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A), and (18) turning away (vivattanM-DM-^AnupassanM-DM-^A). While the terms samatha and vipassanM-DM-^A do appear in sutta discussions of meditative training-although far more often in the later KHUDDAKANIKM-DM-^@YA sections of the canon-they figure most prominently in the ABHIDHAMMA and the later commentarial literature. The systems of vipassanM-DM-^A training taught today are modern constructs that do not antedate late-nineteenth century Burma (see LEDI SAYADAW; MAHASI SAYADAW); they are, however, derived from, or at least inspired by, commentarial or scriptural precedents. Two of the most successful vipassanM-DM-^A organizations outside Asia are the Insight Meditation Society and the loosely knit group of centers teaching S. N. Goenka's vipassana meditation; the former originates with AJAHN CHAH BODHINM-DM-^@nA (1917-1992) of the Thai forest tradition and the latter with the Burmese teacher U BA KHIN (1899-1971). See also YATHM-DM-^@BHuTAJNM-DM-^@NADARsANA.



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1:awareness. ~ Ajahn Chah, @JoshuaOakley,
2:you have not even begun to practise Dhamma. ~ Ajahn Chah, @JoshuaOakley,
3:If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate." ~ Ajahn Chah, @CharlesAFrancis,
4:But when I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious. ~ Ajahn Chah, @JoshuaOakley,
5:If your mind is happy, then you happy anywhere you go. When wisdom awakens within you, you will see Truth wherever you look. Truth is all there is. It's like when you've learned how to read, you can then read anywhere you go. ~ Ajahn Chah, @JoshuaOakley,
1:To use an analogy from the Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah: if getting upset about something unpleasant is like being bitten by a snake, grasping for what’s pleasant is like grabbing the snake’s tail; sooner or later, it will still bite you. ~ rick-hanson, @wisdomtrove
2:At some point in life, we all ask the same question: Who am I? And no one really knows the answer. The self is a slippery subject—especially when it’s the subject that is regarding itself as an object! So let’s begin by grounding this airy topic with an experiential activity—taking the body for a walk. Then we’ll investigate the nature of the self in your brain. Last, we’ll explore methods for relaxing and releasing self-ing in order to feel more confident, peaceful, and joined with all things. (For more on this profound matter, which reaches beyond the scope of a single chapter, see Living Dhamma by Ajahn Chah, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts, I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, or The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi.) ~ rick-hanson, @wisdomtrove

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1:"That is the way it is." ~ Ajahn Chah,
2:Time is our present breath. ~ Ajahn Chah,
3:"What is Dhamma?Nothing isn't." ~ Ajahn Chah,
4:"Death is as close as our breath." ~ Ajahn Chah,
5:"Let go and just do your own work." ~ Ajahn Chah,
6:"What is Dhamma? // Nothing isn't." ~ Ajahn Chah,
7:"What is Dhamma? /// Nothing isn't." ~ Ajahn Chah,
8:"Knowing yourself is most important." ~ Ajahn Chah,
9:The heart is the only book worth reading. ~ Ajahn Chah,
10:Only one book is worth reading: the heart. ~ Ajahn Chah,
11:If it shouldn't happen, it wouldn't happen. ~ Ajahn Chah,
12:If we see suffering then we don't have suffering. ~ Ajahn Chah,
13:We protect virtue so that virtue will protect us. ~ Ajahn Chah,
14:All that I have said up to now has merely been words. ~ Ajahn Chah,
15:At some point your heart will tell itself what to do. ~ Ajahn Chah,
16:A lot of thinking without wisdom is extreme suffering. ~ Ajahn Chah,
17:If you let go completely you will have complete peace. ~ Ajahn Chah,
18:We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering. ~ Ajahn Chah,
19:"A lot of thinking without wisdom is extreme suffering." ~ Ajahn Chah,
20:To practice Dhamma means to observe and examine oneself. ~ Ajahn Chah,
21:"We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering." ~ Ajahn Chah,
22:If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate. ~ Ajahn Chah,
23:If you have time to be mindful, you have time to meditate. ~ Ajahn Chah,
24:If your mind is happy then you are happy anywhere you go. ~ Ajahn Chah,
25:To give up doing evil is more important than making merit. ~ Ajahn Chah,
26:No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding. ~ Ajahn Chah,
27:When the heart truly understands, it lets go of everything. ~ Ajahn Chah,
28:"When you sit, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing." ~ Ajahn Chah,
29:"No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding." ~ Ajahn Chah,
30:If it isn't good, let it die. If it doesn't die, make it good. ~ Ajahn Chah,
31:I know this glass is already broken, so I enjoy it incredibly. ~ Ajahn Chah,
32:When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing. ~ Ajahn Chah,
33:"If it isn't good, let it die. If it doesn't die, make it good." ~ Ajahn Chah,
34:Abandon the pastabandon the futurepractice knowingand letting go. ~ Ajahn Chah,
35:If we see everything as uncertain, then their I value fades away. ~ Ajahn Chah,
36:"When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing." ~ Ajahn Chah,
37:Where does peace arise? Peace arises whenever we let something go. ~ Ajahn Chah,
38:Know and watch your heart. It's pure but emotions come to colour it. ~ Ajahn Chah,
39:The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement. ~ Ajahn Chah,
40:Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward. ~ Ajahn Chah,
41:Why are we born? We are born so that we will not have to be born again. ~ Ajahn Chah,
42:If you see certainty in that which is uncertain, you are bound to suffer ~ Ajahn Chah,
43:You should think about your own death 3 times per day at the very least. ~ Ajahn Chah,
44:"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward." ~ Ajahn Chah,
45:"If my mind doesn't go out to disturb the noise, the noise won't disturb me." ~ Ajahn Chah,
46:The one who recognizes the uncertainty of phenomena is the Dharma within you. ~ Ajahn Chah,
47:If you want a chicken to be a duck, and a duck to be a chicken, you will suffer. ~ Ajahn Chah,
48:"Read yourself, not books. Truth isn't outside; that's only memory, not wisdom." ~ Ajahn Chah,
49:"When I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious." ~ Ajahn Chah,
50:But when I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious. ~ Ajahn Chah,
51:If you haven't cried deeply a number of times, your meditation hasn't really begun. ~ Ajahn Chah,
52:Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one. ~ Ajahn Chah,
53:A madman and an arahant both smile, but the arahant knows why while the madman doesn't. ~ Ajahn Chah,
54:Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher. ~ Ajahn Chah,
55:"Don't think that what you are looking for can be found anywhere other than right here." ~ Ajahn Chah,
56:Sati is life. Whenever we don't have sati, when we are heedless, it's as if we are dead. ~ Ajahn Chah,
57:When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by. ~ Ajahn Chah,
58:When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by.^ ~ Ajahn Chah,
59:"When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by." ~ Ajahn Chah,
60:If you are still following your likes and dislikes, you have not even begun to practise Dhamma. ~ Ajahn Chah,
61:If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go completely you will be free. ~ Ajahn Chah,
62:"You say that you are too busy to meditate. Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath." ~ Ajahn Chah,
63:"If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go completely you will be free." ~ Ajahn Chah,
64:Mindfulness is life. Whenever we don’t have mindfulness, when we are heedless, it’s as if we are dead. ~ Ajahn Chah,
65:If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. ~ Ajahn Chah,
66:When we see beyond self we no longer cling 2happiness.And when we stop clinging,we can begin 2 be happy. ~ Ajahn Chah,
67:"Of course there are dozens of meditation techniques, but it all comes down to this – just let it all be." ~ Ajahn Chah,
68:Just go into the room, sit in the centre of the room, open the doors and windows, and see who comes to visit. ~ Ajahn Chah,
69:When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. And when we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy. ~ Ajahn Chah,
70:Do not try to become anything.When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing.Resist nothing. ~ Ajahn Chah,
71:The heart is just the heart; thoughts and feelings are just thoughts and feelings. Let things be just as they are. ~ Ajahn Chah,
72:Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment. ~ Ajahn Chah,
73:"Remember you don't meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go." ~ Ajahn Chah,
74:"Let go. Whenever there is any feeling of clinging, we detach from it because we know that very feeling is just as it is." ~ Ajahn Chah,
75:"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." ~ Ajahn Chah,
76:You are your own teacher. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. ~ Ajahn Chah,
77:You are your own teacher. Investigate yourself to find the truth — inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. ~ Ajahn Chah,
78:"Detach, let go. Whenever there is any feeling of clinging, we detach from it because we know that feeling is just as it is." ~ Ajahn Chah,
79:"You are your own teacher. Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important." ~ Ajahn Chah,
80:All religions are like different cars all moving in the same direction. People who don't see it have no light in their hearts. ~ Ajahn Chah,
81:Letting go a little brings a little peace. Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace. ~ Ajahn Chah,
82:The Dharma Path is to keep walking forward. But the true Dharma has no going forward, no going backward, and no standing still. ~ Ajahn Chah,
83:Happiness and suffering do not depend on being poor or rich, they depend on having the right or wrong understanding in our mind. ~ Ajahn Chah,
84:"The heart of the path is quite easy. There's no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be." ~ Ajahn Chah,
85:"Letting go a little brings a little peace. Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace." ~ Ajahn Chah,
86:There R 2kinds of suffering.There is the suffering u run away from..& there is the suffering u face directly, & so become free. ~ Ajahn Chah,
87:We practice to learn how to let go, not how to increase our holding on to things. Enlightenment appears when you stop wanting anything. ~ Ajahn Chah,
88:Mental activity is like a deadly poisonous cobra. If we don't interfere with a cobra, how poisonous it may be, it simply goes its own away. ~ Ajahn Chah,
89:A good practice is to ask yourself very sincerely, 'Why was I born?' Ask yourself this question in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night…every day. ~ Ajahn Chah,
90:If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free. ~ Ajahn Chah,
91:The Dhamma is revealing itself in every moment, but only when the mind is quiet can we understand what it is saying, for the Dhamma teaches without words. ~ Ajahn Chah,
92:Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you. ~ Ajahn Chah,
93:There are people who are born and die and never once are aware of their breath going in and out of their body. That's how far away they live from themselves ~ Ajahn Chah,
94:Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it. ~ Ajahn Chah,
95:Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
~ Ajahn Chah,
96:With even a little intuitive wisdom we will be able to see clearly the ways of the world. We will come to understand that everything in the world is our teacher. ~ Ajahn Chah,
97:To define Buddhism without a lot of words and phrases, we can simply say, 'Don't cling or hold on to anything. Harmonize with actuality, with things as they are.' ~ Ajahn Chah,
98:"With even a little intuitive wisdom we will be able to see clearly the ways of the wolrd. We will come to understand that everything in the world is our teacher." ~ Ajahn Chah,
99:The Dhamma has to be found by looking into your own heart and seeing that which is true and that which is not, that which is balanced and that which is not balanced. ~ Ajahn Chah,
100:The heart of the path is quite easy. There's no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That's all that I do in my own practice. ~ Ajahn Chah,
101:The mind is intrinsically tranquil. Out of this tranquility, anxiety and confusion are born. If one sees and knows this confusion, then the mind is tranquil once more. ~ Ajahn Chah,
102:Read yourself, not books. Truth isn't outside, that's only memory, not wisdom. Memory without wisdom is like an empty thermos bottle - if you don't fill it, it's useless. ~ Ajahn Chah,
103:There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free. ~ Ajahn Chah,
104:Look at your own mind. The one who carries things thinks he's got things, but the one who looks on sees only the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them, and find lightness. ~ Ajahn Chah,
105:"There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free." ~ Ajahn Chah,
106:You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. ~ Ajahn Chah,
107:Of course there are dozens of meditation techniques, but it all comes down to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. Why not give it a try? ~ Ajahn Chah,
108:Things are simply the way they are. They don't give us suffering. Like a thorn: Does a sharp thorn give us suffering? No. It's simply a thorn. It doesn't give suffering to anybody. If ~ Ajahn Chah,
109:~ Jack Kornfield If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free. Ajahn Chah ~ Jack Kornfield,
110:"Doctors prescribe medicine to eliminate diseases from the body. The Teachings of the Buddha are prescribed to cure diseases of the mind and to bring it back to its natural healthy state." ~ Ajahn Chah,
111:Don’t be attached to visions or lights in meditation, don’t rise or fall with them. What’s so great about brightness? My flashlight has it. It can’t help us rid ourselves of our suffering. ~ Ajahn Chah,
112:"Just try to keep your mind in the present. Whatever arises in the mind, just watch it and let go of it. Don't even wish to be rid of thoughts. Then the mind will return to its natural state." ~ Ajahn Chah,
113:Know and watch your heart. It's pure but emotions come to colour it. So let your mind be like a tightly woven net to catch emotions and feelings that come, and investigate them before you react. ~ Ajahn Chah,
114:"A clever person watches others, but he watches with wisdom, not with ignorance. If one watches with wisdom, one can learn much. But if one watches with ignorance, one can only find faults." ~ Ajahn Chah #wisdom,
115:Do not be a bodhisattva, do not be an arahant, do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisattva, you will suffer, if you are an arahant, you will suffer, if you are anything at all, you will suffer. ~ Ajahn Chah,
116:Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. ~ Ajahn Chah,
117:Just know what is happening in your mind - not happy or sad about it, not attached. If you suffer see it, know it, and be empty. It's like a letter - you have to open it before you can know what's in it. ~ Ajahn Chah,
118:If you listen to the Dhamma teachings but don't practice you're like a ladle in a soup pot. The ladle is in the soup pot every day, but it doesn't know the taste of the soup. You must reflect and meditate. ~ Ajahn Chah,
119:Dharma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don't believe others, just listen to your mind. You don't have to go anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one. ~ Ajahn Chah,
120:When we conquer ourselves, then everything will be conquered: oneself, others, and all the sense objects as well, coming in by way of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body -- it will all get conquered like this. ~ Ajahn Chah,
121:Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment, the effort to overcome laziness and merit, the effort to make each activity of our day meditation. ~ Ajahn Chah,
122:The forest is peaceful, why aren’t you? You hold on to things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the bird’s song then let go. If you know nature, you’ll know truth. If you know truth, you’ll know nature. ~ Ajahn Chah,
123:Do not be in a hurry or try to push your practice. If you become peaceful, then accept it,; if you don’t become peaceful, then accept that also. This is the nature of the mind. We must find our own practice and persevere. ~ Ajahn Chah,
124:If we want to really see the Buddha, we should observe his virtuous qualities. Whatever he taught, we should practise it. Only bowing to him is not enough. We need to renounce, give up, stop, so that we may see the Buddha. ~ Ajahn Chah,
125:If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. —The Venerable Ajahn Chah, twentieth-century Buddhist monk In ~ Marci Shimoff,
126:These days people don't search for the Truth. People study simply in order to find knowledge necessary to make a living, raise families and look after themselves, that's all. To them, being smart is more important than being wise! ~ Ajahn Chah,
127:"When we know the truth, we become people who don't have to think much, we become people with wisdom. If we don't know, we have more thinking than wisdom or no wisdom at all. A lot of thinking without wisdom is extreme suffering." ~ Ajahn Chah,
128:Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer. ~ Ajahn Chah,
129:Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you a will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace. ~ Ajahn Chah,
130:You should know both the universal and the personal, the realm of forms and the freedom to not cling to them. The forms of the world have their place, but in another way, there is nothing there. To be free, we need to respect both of these truths. ~ Ajahn Chah,
131:Meditation is like a single log of wood. Insight and investigation are one end of the log; calm and concentration are the other end. If you lift up the whole log, both sides come up at once. Which is concentration and which is insight? Just this mind. ~ Ajahn Chah,
132:Learn to see that it is not things that bother us, that we go out to bother them. See the world as a mirror. It is all a reflection of the mind. When you know this, you can grow in every moment, and every experience reveals truth and brings understanding. ~ Ajahn Chah,
133:I am like a tree in a forest. Birds come to the tree, they sit on its branches and eat its fruits. To the birds, the fruit may be sweet or sour or whatever. The birds say sweet or they say sour, but from the tree's point of view, this is just the chattering of birds. ~ Ajahn Chah,
134:The mind of one who practises doesn't run away anywhere, it stays right there. Good, evil, happiness and unhappiness, right and wrong arise, and he knows them all. The meditator simply knows them, they don't enter his mind. That is, he has no clinging. He is simply the experiencer. ~ Ajahn Chah,
135:People go through life blindly, ignoring death like revellers at a party feasting on fine foods. They ignore that later they will have to go to the toilet, so they do not bother to find out where there is one. When nature finally calls, they have no idea where to go and are in a mess. ~ Ajahn Chah,
136:Once you understand non-self, then the burden of life is gone. You'll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy. Learn to let go without struggle, simply let go, to be just as you are - no holding on, no attachment, free. ~ Ajahn Chah,
137:Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it. ~ Ajahn Chah,
138:With mindfulness you can see the real owner of things. Do you think this is your world, your body? It is the world's world, the body's body. If you tell it, Don't get old, does the body listen? Does your stomach ask permission to get sick? We only rent this house; why not find out who really owns it? ~ Ajahn Chah,
139:The ultimate truth is like the flavour of an apple which you can't see with the eye or hear with the ear. The only way to experience it is to put the teachings into practice. Once you taste it, you are no longer in any doubt about its flavour and you do not have to ask anyone else. The problem is solved. ~ Ajahn Chah,
140:Where does rain come from? It comes from all the dirty water that evaporates from the earth, like urine and the water you throw out after washing your feet. Isn't it wonderful how the sky can take that dirty water and change it into pure, clean water? Your mind can do the same with your defilements if you let it. ~ Ajahn Chah,
141:Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering. ~ Ajahn Chah,
142:We can see the mind as a lotus. Some lotuses are still stuck in the mud, some have climbed above the mud but are still underwater, some have reached the surface, while others are open in the sun, stain-free. Which lotus do you choose to be? If you find yourself below the surface, watch out for the bites of fishes and turtles. ~ Ajahn Chah,
143:You say that you are too busy to meditate. Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath. Why do you have time to breathe but not to meditate? Breathing is something vital to peoples lives. If you see that Dhamma practice is vital to your life, then you will feel that breathing and practising the Dhamma are equally important. ~ Ajahn Chah,
144:To observe and watch one's own mind is something really interesting. The untrained mind will run and follow its old habit patterns. Because it has not been trained and taught, it will get lost in all kinds of stories and issues. Therefore we have to train our mind. The meditation practice in Buddhism is all about training one's own mind. ~ Ajahn Chah,
145:Practicing meditation is just like breathing. While working we breathe, while sleeping we breathe, while sitting down we breathe... Why do we have time to breathe? Because we see the importance of the breath, we can always find time to breathe. In the same way, if we see the importance of meditation practice we will find the time to practice. ~ Ajahn Chah,
146:The Dhamma has to sink deeply into the mind so that whatever we do, the mind has always goodness within it. All the ways of making merit are aiming at this. Goodness lies in the right view that is established in the mind. Then we don't have to celebrate it or let anybody know about it, simply let the mind have firm confidence in the goodness and keep going like this. ~ Ajahn Chah,
147:We have limited time in our life, therefore we should try to teach ourselves, not to teach others. We should conquer ourselves, rather than conquer others. Whether coming or going, standing, sitting or lying down, our mind should be focused in this way. If we practise like this and develop mindfulness continuously, wisdom arises quickly and this is a fast way of practice. ~ Ajahn Chah,
148:Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha. ~ Ajahn Chah,
149:We say that to 'give up all evil and to develop the good' is the heart of the Buddha's teaching. If we only make merit but have not stopped doing bad things, then we will never have a day of completion. It is like an overturned bowl which is left outside in the rain. Even if the water is falling right on it, it only touches the outside and not the inside. In this way the bowl will never get full. ~ Ajahn Chah,
150:When we sit in meditation and hear a sound, we think, 'Oh, that sound's bothering me.' If we see it like this, we suffer. But if we investigate a little deeper, we see that the sound is simply sound. If we understand like this, then there's nothing more to it. We leave it be. The sound is just sound, why should you go and grab it? You see that actually it was you who went out and disturbed the sound. ~ Ajahn Chah,
151:Regarding this Dhamma, it is not something that we can simply talk about or take another's word for it. We need to develop meditation so that the understanding arises clearly within oneself. It is not the case that merely by listening to another's explanation our defilements will disappear. When we gain some understanding we need to chew on it again so that we see it for ourselves with certainty: paccattam. ~ Ajahn Chah,
152:One man watches a river flow by. If he does not wish it to flow, to change ceaselessly in accord with its nature, he will suffer great pain. Another man understands that nature of the river is to change constantly, regardless of his likes and dislikes, and therefore he does not suffer. To know existence as this flow, empty of lasting pleasure, void of self, is to find that which is stable and free of suffering, to find true peace in the world. ~ Ajahn Chah,
153:One day some people came to the master and asked: How can you be happy in a world of such impermanence, where you cannot protect your loved ones from harm, illness or death? The master held up a glass and said: Someone gave me this glass; It holds my water admirably and it glistens in the sunlight. I touch it and it rings! One day the wind may blow it off the shelf, or my elbow may knock it from the table. I know this glass is already broken, so I enjoy it - incredibly. ~ Ajahn Chah,
154:Even though some of you may experience some peace when you sit in meditation, don’t be in a hurry to congratulate yourselves. Likewise, if there is some confusion, don’t blame yourselves. If things seem to be good, don’t delight in them, and if they’re not good don’t be averse to them. Just look at it all, look at what you have. Just look, don’t bother judging. If it’s good, don’t hold
fast to it; if it’s bad, don’t cling to it. Good and bad can both bite, so don’t hold fast to them. ~ Ajahn Chah,
155:If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand. The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If suffering arises you must contemplate right there, you don't have to run away. You should settle the issue right there. One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all. He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly. ~ Ajahn Chah,
156:In practice, some come to see easily, some with difficulty. But whatever the case, never mind. Difficult or easy, the Buddha said not to be heedless. Just that--don't be heedless. Why? Because life is not certain. Wherever we start to think that things are certain, uncertainty is lurking right there. Heedlessness is just holding things as certain. It is grasping at certainty where there is no certainty and looking for truth in things that are not true. Be careful! They are likely to bite you sometime in the future! ~ Ajahn Chah,
157:A woman wanted to know how to deal with anger. I asked when anger arose whose anger it was. She said it was hers. Well, if it really was her anger, then she should be able to tell it to go away, shouldnt she? But it really isn't hers to command. Holding on to anger as a personal possession will cause suffering. If anger really belonged to us, it would have to obey us. If it doesn't obey us, that means it's only a deception. Don't fall for it. Whenever the mind is happy or sad, don't fall for it. Its all a deception. ~ Ajahn Chah,
158:Don't think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don't think that you're coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself. ~ Ajahn Chah,
159:If we are still suffering, how can we teach other to be free? Ajahn Chah replied, ‘First of all, be very honest. Don’t pretend that you are wise in ways you are not. Tell people how you are yourself. And then take the measure of things. In weightlifting, if you’re strong, you know that through practice you can lift a really big weight. Maybe you’ve seen someone lift a weight bigger than you can. You can tell your students, ‘If you practice, you can lift that big weight, but don’t try it yet. I can’t even do it, but I’ve seen people do it.’ Be willing to express what is possible without trying to fool someone that you’ve done it. ~ Jack Kornfield,
160:Just try to keep your mind in the present. Whatever arises in the mind, just watch it and let go of it. Don't even wish to be rid of thoughts. Then the mind will return to its natural state. No discriminating between good and bad, hot and cold, fast and slow. No me and no you, no self at all—just what there is. When you walk there is no need to do anything special. Simply walk and see what is there. No need to cling to isolation or seclusion. Wherever you are, know yourself by being natural and watching. If doubts arise, watch them come and go. It's very simple. Hold on to nothing. It's as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just see them and overcome them by letting them go. Don't think about the obstacles you've already passed; don't worry about those you have not yet seen. Stick to the present. Don't be concerned about the length of the road or the destination. Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, don't cling to it. Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves. ~ Ajahn Chah,
161:Initially the training in Ajahn Chah’s tradition requires long periods of communal walking and sitting practice, and frequent all-night sittings in the Buddha Hall. After training together with the collective of monks, you may then be directed to a period of practice in solitude for some months. For this part of the training, monks live in isolated caves or in more distant parts of jungles and mountains, a long morning’s walk from the last remote village. Or, in certain retreat centers, small huts are provided for solitary intensive meditation. My own training included a solitary retreat for one year and three months. I didn’t leave my room, just meditated fifteen to eighteen hours a day, sitting for an hour, walking for an hour, then sitting again. I’d see my teacher every two days for a fifteen-minute interview. You don’t have to be in solitude very long before any pride you have goes away. It is quite humbling. Your mind will do anything. Every past thing you’ve ever done or imagined comes back. Every mood, every fear, every longing, your loneliness, your pain, your love, creativity, and boredom appear with great intensity. ~ Jack Kornfield,
162:We can compare practice to a bottle of medicine a doctor leaves for his patient. On the bottle are written detailed instructions on how to take the medicine, but no matter how many hundred times the patient may read the directions, he is bound to die if that is all he does. He will gain no benefit from the medicine. And before he dies, he may complain bitterly that the doctor wasn’t any good, that the medicine didn’t cure him. He will think that the doctor was a fake or that the medicine was worthless, yet he had only spent his time examining the bottle and reading the instructions. He hadn’t followed the advice of the doctor and taken the medicine. However, if the patient had actually followed the doctor’s advice and taken the medicine regularly as prescribed, he would have recovered. Doctors prescribe medicine to eliminate diseases from the body. The Teachings of the Buddha are prescribed to cure diseases of the mind and to bring it back to its natural healthy state. So the Buddha can be considered to be a doctor who prescribes cures for the illnesses of the mind which are found in each one of us without exception. When you see these illnesses of the mind, does it not make sense to look to the Dhamma as support, as medicine to cure your illnesses? ~ Ajahn Chah,
163:Buddha once saw a jackal, a wild dog, run out of the forest where he was staying. It stood still for a while, then it ran into the underbrush, and then out again. Then it ran into a tree hollow, then out again. Then it went into a cave, only to run out again. One minute it stood, the next it ran, then it lay down, then it jumped up. The jackal had the mange. When it stood, the mange would eat into its skin, so it would run. Running, it was still uncomfortable, so it would stop. Standing, it was still uncomfortable, so it would lie down. Then it would jump up again, running to the underbrush, the tree hollow, never staying still. The Buddha said, “Monks, did you see that jackal this afternoon? Standing, it suffered. Running, it suffered. Sitting, it suffered. Lying down, it suffered. It blamed standing for its discomfort. It blamed sitting. It blamed running and lying down. It blamed the tree, the underbrush, and the cave. In fact, the problem was with none of those things. The problem was with his mange.” We are just the same as that jackal. Our discontent is due to wrong view. Because we don’t exercise sense restraint, we blame our suffering on externals. Whether we live in Thailand, America or England, we aren’t satisfied. Why not? Because we still have wrong view. Just that! So wherever we go, we aren’t content. But just as that jackal would be content wherever it went as soon as its mange was cured, so would we be content wherever we went once we rid ourselves of wrong view. ~ Ajahn Chah,

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