What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

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What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

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I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)

(Italicization mine).
It seems to be a very profound quote, and i recall reading it recently, but now when I try searching for the full and correct quote, I can't find it. If anyone could please assist, I'd much appreciate it!
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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

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manas wrote: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)
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Found two versions:
“Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all. If you are an arahant you will suffer, if you are a bodhisattva you will suffer, if you are anything at you will suffer.”
https://id.b-ok.org/book/2328267/23133e



“Don’t be an Arahat. Don’t be a Buddha. Don’t be anything at all. Being something makes problems. So don't be anything. You don't have to be something...”
https://books.google.com.mm/books/about ... g-ibW7340C


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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

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Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote: Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33 pm Image

manas wrote: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)
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Found two versions:
“Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all. If you are an arahant you will suffer, if you are a bodhisattva you will suffer, if you are anything at you will suffer.”
https://id.b-ok.org/book/2328267/23133e



“Don’t be an Arahat. Don’t be a Buddha. Don’t be anything at all. Being something makes problems. So don't be anything. You don't have to be something...”
https://books.google.com.mm/books/about ... g-ibW7340C


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Thank you :anjali: It's so simple yet profound, and goes straight to the heart.
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There is also the quote from him in my signature;

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.
:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don’t cling to it. Whether it’s like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don’t try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That’s all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ‘us’ nor ‘them’. None of them are worthy of clinging to.

- Ajahn Chah
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bodom wrote: Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:24 pm There is also the quote from him in my signature;

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.
:anjali:
He is trying tosay just be aware and dont cling to that assreness also
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And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.
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