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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby ultraben » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:59 am

Hi Christopher,

Sorry for the late reply.

The "Thamma" in "Thammachart" is the same as the the Thai word for Dhamma.
Dhamma = Tham (ธรรม) - also spelt Thamma (ธรรมะ)
Nature = Thammachart (ธรรมชาติ)

In the talk "Thammachart" is used to refer to the natural world/nature ( no hidden meanings if that is what you mean? )

The translation is not word for word in parts - but seems ok.

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:46 am

ultraben wrote:Hi Christopher,

Sorry for the late reply.

The "Thamma" in "Thammachart" is the same as the the Thai word for Dhamma.
Dhamma = Tham (ธรรม) - also spelt Thamma (ธรรมะ)
Nature = Thammachart (ธรรมชาติ)

In the talk "Thammachart" is used to refer to the natural world/nature ( no hidden meanings if that is what you mean? )

The translation is not word for word in parts - but seems ok.

Kind regards,

Ben


Thanks Ben.

So the word "Nature" (Natural world around us, home of trees and animals) is an extension of the root term "Dhamma" in Tai, "Dhamma World" in a sense? If so that's very interesting, and something completely different from the roots of the term "Nature" in English...

It seems like the Thai language provides a very different view of the world.
"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)."
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:35 am


Traditionally the Eightfold Path is taught with eight steps such as Right Understanding, Right Speech, Right Concentration, and so forth. But the true Eightfold Path is within us-two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, a tongue, and a body. These eight doors are our entire Path and the mind is the one that walks on the Path. Know these doors, examine them, and all the dharmas will be revealed.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.Why not give it a try? Do you dare?

- Ajahn Chah


Thank you to bodom, who posted this earlier and reposted it again, elsewhere.

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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)."
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Nicro » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:27 am

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:56 am

Hope its okay if I bump this thread alive again. I started a Dharma themed page on FB awhile back and people seem to really appreciate Ajahn Chah's wisdom. Will make use of some of the quotes shared here.

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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)."
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby gavesako » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:38 pm

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:53 am

Thank you Bhikkhu Gavesako!
"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)."
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Alobha » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:39 pm

One of the many talks that inspire my by Ajahn Chah:
Chapter 16: The story of Tuccho Pothila
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby gavesako » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:33 am

Here is an interesting account of Ajahn Chah's life in a Lao cultural context:

http://www.fourwindslao.com/recollectio ... om-por.php
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby atipattoh » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:27 am

:anjali: Sadhu Bhante!
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Sanjay PS » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:48 am

It is abundantly clear while reading through the discourses of Venerable Ajahn Chah , that he was living Dhamma , and had mastered and perfected the Noble Eight Fold path to its very pinnacle .

Sometime ago i came across knowing about the difficult last years that Venerable Ajan Chah , went through . As i walked down a strewn garden path , recollecting that what i had read , there was salt trickling down the eyes , the drops were not due to any sadness or pain in knowing this , but rather a confidence in the Noble Eight Fold Path , and the trail blazing life lived by the Venerable One . Unshakeable is the confidence of the Triple Gem .

It is said , Wisdom is to know things in different ways , all the gem studded discourses of the Venerable Ajahn Chah , point out such .

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby gavesako » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:21 pm

An interesting account of living with Ajahn Chah as a 12 year old novice:

http://www.abhayagiri.org/reflections/a ... g-por-chah

“Don't view your inner world with pessimism.
But also don't just view your inner world with optimism.
See the world in-line with what is true
because this world has both day and night.
View the world so as to see the benefits of both sides.
That, is Right View (Sammaditthi).”
-Luang Por Chah
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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby Sanjay PS » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:37 am

gavesako wrote:An interesting account of living with Ajahn Chah as a 12 year old novice:

http://www.abhayagiri.org/reflections/a ... g-por-chah

“Don't view your inner world with pessimism.
But also don't just view your inner world with optimism.
See the world in-line with what is true
because this world has both day and night.
View the world so as to see the benefits of both sides.
That, is Right View (Sammaditthi).”
-Luang Por Chah


Thank you Bhante . Fortunate is that young novice who took to hardships in serving the Venerable Ajahn , and delighted in every moment of the unshakeable faith .

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Re: Ajahn Chah's Life & Dhamma Teachings

Postby christopher::: » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:48 am

Sanjay PS wrote:It is abundantly clear while reading through the discourses of Venerable Ajahn Chah , that he was living Dhamma , and had mastered and perfected the Noble Eight Fold path to its very pinnacle .

Sometime ago i came across knowing about the difficult last years that Venerable Ajan Chah , went through . As i walked down a strewn garden path , recollecting that what i had read , there was salt trickling down the eyes , the drops were not due to any sadness or pain in knowing this , but rather a confidence in the Noble Eight Fold Path , and the trail blazing life lived by the Venerable One . Unshakeable is the confidence of the Triple Gem .

It is said , Wisdom is to know things in different ways , all the gem studded discourses of the Venerable Ajahn Chah , point out such .

sanjay


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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)."
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