Text of a talk on metta by Ayya Khema

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Text of a talk on metta by Ayya Khema

Postby Tex » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:40 am

I hadn't heard of this Bhikkhuni until Peter mentioned her in another thread, so I googled and found this talk. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from her.

"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement." -- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Text of a talk on metta by Ayya Khema

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:35 pm

I recommend her following books:

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, Revised: Meditations on the Buddhist Path by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/Being-Nobody-Goin ... 345&sr=8-1

Who is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/Who-My-Self-Buddh ... gy_b_img_b

When the Iron Eagle Flies: Buddhism for the West by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/When-Iron-Eagle-F ... pd_sim_b_2

Be An Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace by Ayya Khema
http://www.amazon.com/Be-Island-Buddhis ... pd_sim_b_2

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. 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. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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