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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 Ajahn Brahmavaso.

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.
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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

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

ccharles wrote: however I've heard that the Thai Forest Tradition does not emphasize meditation necessarily.


Sounds strange... maybe a interesting article Kammatthana: “The Centre Of Work Or The Workplace Of Meditation”. I guess, where ever there is forest left one would find his teacher there.
Just that! *smile*
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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 dhammtalks.org.

This a great resource, especially if you don't have a teacher nearby.
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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.
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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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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby twelph » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:43 am

ccharles wrote: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, however I've heard that the Thai Forest Tradition does not emphasize meditation necessarily. Within this tradition, who would be best suited for what I'm looking for?


The word "best" is not very useful in this situation. Only you can decide what is best for you. I've been enjoying the teachings of Thanissaro Bhikkhu lately, you can hear his meditation instructions here: http://www.dhammatalks.org/

If you really want the best instructions though, I believe that reading what the Buddha said and deriving your own practice from those teachings would be your best solution.
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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Maarten » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:11 am

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Re: Thai Forest Teachers

Postby Magoo » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:23 pm

ccharles wrote: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, however I've heard that the Thai Forest Tradition does not emphasize meditation necessarily. Within this tradition, who would be best suited for what I'm looking for?


I would recommend Ajahn Brahms book, "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond". One resource that with details describes the meditaion process and methods for finding powerful meditation.
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