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Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:10 am

As many of you know, a large number of have been translated and are available online. Which of these have you found most interesting, insightful and/or inspiring? I thought it might be helpful to have a discussion thread where we can talk about Ajahn Chah's teachings, share passages from talks and stories about Ajahn Chah, ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of his insights into the Dhamma. So basically anything that relates to his life would be on topic here, with the online talks providing a central anchor for our discussion.

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"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby bodom » Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:52 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:10 am

Thanks so much for responding, bodom. Those passages are brilliant.
"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby bodom » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:39 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Postby christopher::: » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:01 am



:smile:
"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby kirk5a » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:27 pm

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:54 am

Yes. Simple but clear and very helpful.
"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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Postby christopher::: » Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:48 am

"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Aloka » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:49 pm

Hi Bodom,

Would it be possible to give links or references to the source of your quotes, please?


With kind wishes,

Aloka :anjali:

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Postby bodom » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:25 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:21 am

I don't know anything about Ajahn Chah's final years. Perhaps someone else has knowledge of that. It's possible that even a highly awakened person might have difficulties if they had a stroke or something like Alzheimer’s disease. But the wisdom of Dhamma doesn't change, it's still effective - as long as one is able to practice. I think we can trust in that. Hopefully, in such situations the mental habits and practices of decades will kick in automatically and suffering will not be as great as it would have been if one had never practiced. And if not, there may be karmic reasons for that. In my view "the rubber meets the road" every single day, in every moment of our lives. Even if we knew that there were rare situations where the Dhamma may be less effective, is that a reason to stop practicing?
"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Wed May 11, 2011 3:39 am

"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Alex123 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:08 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby PeterB » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:42 pm

When reading ANYTHING attributed to Ajahn Chah it is worth remembering that he wrote nothing. That his talks are edited versions of translations . And that he addressed the person or persons who were in front of him at the time...
It is therefore possible to find passages in which he appears to contradict himself....he isn't.
His remarks were specific to that person in those circumstances.
Given that he had a teacher and many scores of students he was certainly not saying that a human teacher was unneccessary.

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:17 pm

I agree,

I've been reading "The Island" by Ajahns Passano and Amaro, and they throw in a few long passages from Ajahn Chah from which it is clear that he had plenty of book knowledge of the Pali terminology. He just didn't always express it that way...

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby bodom » Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:49 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:11 am

Concerning these ideas about learning from Nature and all things being a teacher- it may make more sense if seen in the context of many lifetimes of practice, usually involving human teachers and contact with more explicit dhamma teachings. On the other hand, if we observe the Natural world carefully i think one can get a glimpse of what Ajahn Chah was talking about.
"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: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby bodom » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:27 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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