Introduction Suppose you were to go to Asia in the s in search of living teachings of the Buddha, to discover if there are still monks and nuns practicing a life. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Achaan Chah. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Achaan Chah spent many years walking and meditating in the forest monastery of Wat Ba Pong, engaging in the uncomplicated and disciplined Buddhist.
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Buddhist master Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a forest monastery of Thailand. This remarkable book reflects his simple and powerful message as well . A Still Forest Pool book. Read 26 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Buddhist master Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a forest. Freedom, A Still Forest Pool, Samadhi Bha- vana, Seeing the Way, Living Dhamma,. Food for the Heart, and Venerable Father. Some quotations come from a.
The early major schisms in the Buddhist sangha were largely due to disagreements over how strictly the training rules should be applied. Some opted for a degree of flexibility some would argue liberality whereas others took a conservative view believing that the rules should be kept just as the Buddha had framed them.
The Theravada tradition is the heir to the latter view. An example of the strictness of the discipline might be the rule regarding eating: they uphold the rule to only eat between dawn and noon.
In the Thai Forest Tradition monks and nuns go further and observe the 'one eaters practice', whereby they only eat one meal during the morning. This special practice is one of the thirteen dhutanga , optional ascetic practices permitted by the Buddha that are used on an occasional or regular basis to deepen meditation practice and promote contentment with subsistence.
Other examples of these practices are sleeping outside under a tree, or dwelling in secluded forests or graveyards. Monasteries founded[ edit ] Ajahn Chah welcoming as a novice a New Zealander , later to become Ajahn Munindo , abbot of a monastery in the north of England After years of wandering, Ajahn Chah decided to plant roots in an uninhabited grove near his birthplace. In , Wat Nong Pah Pong monastery was established, where Ajahn Chah could teach his simple, practice-based form of meditation.
He attracted a wide variety of disciples, which included in , the first Westerner, Venerable Ajahn Sumedho.
Wat Pah Nanachat was the first monastery in Thailand specifically geared towards training English-speaking Westerners in the monastic Vinaya , as well as the first run by a Westerner.
Several of Ajahn Chah's Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Later life[ edit ] By the early s, Ajahn Chah's health was in decline due to diabetes.
When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.
How do you practice? What is the result of your practice? How do you eat? How do you feel after you have eaten well? It is hard enought o watch your own mind, so why add the burden of judging others.
It is easy to fast, more difficult to eat little or in moderation as a meditation. Instead of frequent fasting, learn to eat with mindfulness and sensitivity to your needs, learn to distinguish needs from desires. Get to know these visitors well. Become familiar with the vivid pictures they paint, the alluring stories they tell, to entice you to follow them.
But do not give up your seat—it is the only chair around. If you continue to occupy it unceasingly, greeting each guest as it comes, firmly establishing yourself in awareness, transforming your mind into the one who knows, the one who is awake, the visitors will eventually stop coming back" "We tend to complicate our meditation.
For example, when we sit, we may determine, 'Yes, I'm really going to do it this time.
Such grasping is natural at first. What is the point in that? There is no goal, no point to attain. Whether you sit until or or PM, never mind. Just keep sitting without concern. Do not force yourself. Do not be compulsive. Do not compmand your heart to do things for certain, for this command will make things all the less certain.
Let your mind be at ease, let your breath be even, normal, not short or long or any special way. Let your body be comfortable.
Practice steadily and continuously. Desire will ask you, 'How late will we go? How long will we practice? Just say, 'If I want to stop early or late, it's not wrong; if I want to sit all night, who am I hurting? Why do you come and disturb me?
Let your heart be at ease, and you will become tranquil, free from the power of grasping "Some people sit in front of a lighted incense stick and vow to sit until it has burned down. Then they keep peeking to see how far it has burned, constantly concerned with the time.