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Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:38 pm

Thanks for the nice quotes.

However, I sometimes cringe when presented with Ajahn Chah soundbites because he was so context-sensitive. For example, as I recall, one of the common quotes attributed to him, something like "the only book you need to read is your heart" was part of a conversation with an Abhidhamma expert, and so was clearly not meant as a general statement of policy regarding study.

It is interesting to listen to some of the Dhamma talks by students of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Tiradhammo, in particular, observes that he spent a lot of time trying to figure out what Ajahn Chah's opinions were, since the advice that he gave at different times seemed completely contradictory. In the end he concluded that Ajahn Chah had no opinions - only wisdom, which he applied to the particular situation.

That observation (which other students, and Ajahn Chah himself, confirm) is, to me, more important than any of the soundbites.

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:43 pm

Greetings,

One way to get around the soundbite issue is to read the Dhamma talks in their entirety... and here's the entire collection of them (in their most up-to-date and accurate translations...)

The Teachings Of Ajahn Chah
http://www.ajahnchah.org/pdf/the_teachi ... ah_web.pdf

I find Ajahn Chah's teachings very useful. So much so that I've actually had a copy of the above compendium printed and bound.

:reading:

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby nathan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:55 am

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

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Kiṃkusalagavesī anuttaraṃ santivarapadaṃ pariyesamāno... (MN 26)

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby nathan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:32 am

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby christopher::: » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:01 pm

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby nathan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:52 pm

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

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Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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Re: Wisdom of the Thai Forest Tradition

Postby christopher::: » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:37 pm

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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