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Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Tom » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:09 am

I've read a lot of good things about the Thai Forest Tradition. I'm interested in finding a teacher within this tradition that can provide me with thorough instructions in meditation practice. Within this tradition, who would you recommend for what I'm looking for?
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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:26 am

I'm not sure where you heard that, as Thai Forest monks are very, very focused on meditation. I doubt there is a tradition out there more focused on it, honestly.

A good teacher in this tradition is

Others include Bhante Sujato, who recently retired as abbot of Santi Forest Monastery, and of course the late Ajahn Chah.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Hanzze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:30 am

Just that! *smile*

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Kamran » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:28 am

The Thai forest tradition is almost solely focused on meditation.

As the tradition's name indicates, the monks often wander in the forest by themselves meditating for years on end.

Sutta and book learning are not emphasized, Ajahn Chah said "The only book worth reading is the your heart" :)

There are some Thai forest monasteries throughout the world but depending on where you live it might not be easy to find one nearby.

Thanissaro Bikhu is a senior Thai Forest Monk and publishes the daily talks he gives at his monastery in California on

This a great resource, especially if you don't have a teacher nearby.
"Silence gives answers"

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:40 am

The Forest tradition of any country emphasises meditation.
Ajahn Thanissaro has instructions online as does Ajahn Amaro.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Goofaholix » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:55 am

The nearest to you should suffice, where are you located?

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