...turning his back on the more aesthetic elements of the Thai forest tradition? Although he seems fond of Ajahn Chah and his time in Thailand, he seems to diss it quite a bit too. He seems to make it all a lot more accessible for his lay community and to his Monks. I even heard him do a talk on his love for Buddha nature, which isn't a Theravada concept. He also seems to hold Bhikkuni's in a much higher esteem than a lot of Theravadin's do.
I just want to know what the deal is with him? I heard a rumor that he was expelled from the Thai monastic community, is this true?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah