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Ajahn Chah books

Postby jackson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:48 pm

Hey everyone,
I currently own only one Ajahn Chah book, "Food for the Heart", but I'm interested in getting more of his teachings. The thing is though that "Food for the heart" has the subtitle "The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah", so I was under the impression that this might be a complete collection in itself. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has the books "Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away", or "Being Dhamma: The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings" and if they are indeed different talks from the ones in "Food for the Heart", or if I'd just be buying the same talks in a different book. Thanks!
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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:28 pm

You can find some more on Access to Insight
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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:51 pm

If you're willing to print it yourself you can get a collected volume that, as I understand it, contains almost everything from all the translated collections:
http://ajahnchah.org/
Right now the site isn't working too well for me, so I can't be more specific...


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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:09 pm

Everything arises falls away is basically just short excepts from talks given by Chah that are already included in Food for the Heart. There's not a whole lot of new material. Same goes for Being Dharma.

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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby jackson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:26 pm

Thanks for your replies!
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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Greetings Jackson,

This is the direct link to the PDF file Mike was referring to.

http://www.ajahnchah.org/pdf/the_teachi ... ah_web.pdf

Very good it is too.

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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby PeterB » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:46 am

Always worth remembering I think that Laung Por Chah did not write books, and he was ambivilent at best about books. What is available are transcriptions of talks and conversations delivered extempore. and that to extrapolate a fixed view on any given subject is problematic. They were time. place, and person, specific.

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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby jackson » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:13 pm

PeterB wrote:Always worth remembering I think that Laung Por Chah did not write books, and he was ambivilent at best about books. What is available are transcriptions of talks and conversations delivered extempore. and that to extrapolate a fixed view on any given subject is problematic. They were time. place, and person, specific.

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Yes, that is very true. Sometimes I read his talks and they are so inspiring because of how much effort he talks about putting into the practice, but then I realize that it's pretty much impossible to do as a layperson. Still though, I can't help but marvel at his teachings, I rank them as among the finest talks I've ever read or heard, they're so straight to the point and simple and yet very deep, and I always delight when I hear one of his students tell a story about him, because they always show his great wisdom. On the topic of his attitude towards books, an interesting story I heard from one of Ajahn Viradhammo's talks was that Ajahn Chah told him to not read a book for five years! I get the impression that Ajahn Chah was not so much against books but that he felt westerners in particular depended too much on intellectual understanding and not enough upon the practice, or "reading their minds", as Ajahn Chah would say.
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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby Northernbuck » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:43 pm

Thank you all so much. I downloaded "the teachings" and am having a great time reading it.
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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:47 pm

Ajahn Chah :anjali: :bow: :anjali: :bow: :anjali: :bow:

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Re: Ajahn Chah books

Postby PeterB » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:17 am

At Chithurst there is a small eclectic collection of books that regulars can borrow. It used to reside in a small book case in the shrine room. Before a planned visit from Laung Por Chah, Ajahn Sumedho pointed to it and said with a grin " I thought about hiding it ! ".
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