Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Chah

By Ajahn Chah

Well known for the sweetness and ease of his teachings, Ajahn Chah used to be Thailand's best-known meditation instructor. His air of mystery and knowledge stimulated many American and ecu seekers, and assisted in shaping the yankee Vipassana group. This assortment brings jointly for the 1st time Ajahn Chah's strongest teachings, together with these on meditation, liberation from affliction, calming the brain, enlightenment and the 'living dhamma'. every one of these talks have formerly merely been to be had in constrained, deepest versions and the book of Food for the Heart as a result represents a momentous celebration: the highly elevated accessibility of his phrases and knowledge. Western lecturers reminiscent of Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can adventure them without delay during this publication.

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All of this is known as the wisdom that knows the true characteristics of things as they arise. Wisdom arises from mindfulness and concentration. Concentration arises from a base of morality or virtue. These three—morality, concentration, and wisdom—are so interrelated that it is not really possible to separate them. In practice it works like this. First there is the disciplining of the mind to be attentive to breathing. This is the arising of morality. When mindfulness of breathing is practiced continuously until the mind is quiet, concentration arises.

Occasionally such a manner can come across as overly macho or combative in its tone; the reader should therefore bear in mind that the spirit behind such language is the endeavor to encourage the practitioner, to glad- i n t ro d u c t i o n 33 den the heart, and provide supportive strength when dealing with the multifarious challenges of freeing the heart from all greed, hatred, and delusion. ” The heart is being trained to go against the current of self-centered habit, so it’s quite natural for it to be buffeted around somewhat.

Going on these merit-making tours is like building a beautiful house without preparing the area beforehand. It won’t be long before the house collapses, right? The foundation was no good. You have to try again, a different way. You have to look into yourself, at the faults in your actions, speech, and thoughts. Where else are you going to practice? People get lost. They want to go and practice Dhamma where it’s really peaceful, in the forest or at Wat Pah Pong. Is Wat Pah Pong peaceful? No, it’s not really peaceful.

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