Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro (video)

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Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro (video)

Postby fijiNut » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:38 am

For those who were not aware, I found this little bit of gem online. Its a video series of Ajahn Chah's biography as narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro.

http://www.ajahnchah.org/videos.htm
* Introduction
* 1. Childhood of Ajahn Chah
* 2. School
* 3. Teenage Love
* 4. Early Monkhood
* 5. Village Monastery
* 6. Becoming a Forest Monk
* 7. Tudong
* 8. Journeyman
* 9. Shift in Faith
* 10. History of the Forest Tradition
* 11. Uniqueness of Ajahn Mun
* 12. Intelligent Shame
* 13. More Aspects of the Ajahn Mun Visit
* 14. Dealing with Fear - Wild Dogs
* 15. Dealing with Fear - Ghosts
* 16. Meeting LP KinnariAjahn Chah meditating.
* 17. Meditation & Temptation
* 18. Eccentric Luang Por Tongrat
* 19. Struggles - Robes
* 20. Struggles - Sexual Desire
* 21. Struggles - Animals
* 22. Meditation Breakthrough
* 23. Tudong insights
* 24. His Style of Teaching
* 25. Mind Reading Ability
* 26. Dedicated Attitude
* 27. Monastic Transgression
* 28. Disenchantment
* 29. Breaking through Perceptions
* 30. Prophetic Dreams
* 31. Tough Practices
* 36. Arriving at Pah Pong Forest
* 37. Establishing Wat Nong Pah Pong
* 38. Austere conditions at early Wat Nong Pah Pong
* 39. A hungry young man
* 40. Dealing with disease
* 41. Discipline at Wat Nong Pah Pong
* 42. Hugging a forest monk
* 43. Talking about enlightenment
* 44. How attained was Ajahn Chah?
* Sources of the Biography
* Sources of the Biography - continued


Having seen this, I hope we all can get inspired and strive to realize our aspirations! Much merit to those who helped to make it possible, this is as close as we can get to learn Dhamma from this great man.

kind regards,
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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasasro (video)

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:08 am

I saw these a while ago spent a day watching them then watching the ones which I found more interesting then watching them again.

although there are the books of his talks
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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasasro (video)

Postby fijiNut » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:37 am

Manapa,
I personally have had problems with reading books, maybe I am a little dim witted, but having just come out of a small work/retreat in a forest monastery in Australia, having a good monk explain the Dhamma in person, in detail, from his experience, there and then in the flesh, makes a big difference, kind of like learning how to cook with a recipe book at your own home, and learning how to cook from a chef in a restaurant kitchen. Same food, different flavour.

Which brings me to highlight another point , that no matter how resourceful Dhammawheel, E-S, accesstoinsight.org, or Buddhanet is, there is no substitute for being a real member of a real Sangha which can inspire you to practice in real life.
Personally, I say this because of my obvious geographical disadvantage, so to allude to two similes in the Suttas, not only does one have to be island to onself in my case, but a lone wandering rhino on a deserted island!

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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasasro (video)

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:59 am

Hi FujiNut
quite a lot for a few words, personally I prefer practice.


fijiNut wrote:Manapa,
I personally have had problems with reading books, maybe I am a little dim witted, but having just come out of a small work/retreat in a forest monastery in Australia, having a good monk explain the Dhamma in person, in detail, from his experience, there and then in the flesh, makes a big difference, kind of like learning how to cook with a recipe book at your own home, and learning how to cook from a chef in a restaurant kitchen. Same food, different flavour.

Which brings me to highlight another point , that no matter how resourceful Dhammawheel, E-S, accesstoinsight.org, or Buddhanet is, there is no substitute for being a real member of a real Sangha which can inspire you to practice in real life.
Personally, I say this because of my obvious geographical disadvantage, so to allude to two similes in the Suttas, not only does one have to be island to onself in my case, but a lone wandering rhino on a deserted island!

kind regards,
fijiNut
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro (video)

Postby Zack » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:05 am

I was not aware of these videos.
Thank you very much.
I am of nature to decay, I have not gone beyond decay.
I am of the nature to be diseased, I have not gone beyond disease.
I am of the nature to die, I have not done beyond death.
All that is mine, dear and delightful, will change and vanish.
I am the owner of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born of my kamma, related to
my kamma, abide supported by my kamma. Whatever kamma I shall do,
whether good or evil, of that I shall be the heir.
Thus we should frequently recollect.
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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro (video)

Postby clw_uk » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:47 am

These are some great videos about Ajahn Chah, thanks for posting them here so others can enjoy them :D


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Re: Ajahn Chah biography - narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro (video)

Postby PaulC » Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:20 pm

Apparently Ajahn Jayasaro was planning to write a biography, but has handed the material to Paul Breiter.

So that'll be a book to look forward to.
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