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Achaan Chah

Postby A Medic on Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:51 am

Has anyone else ever read anything by Achaan Chah or actually meet him in person? He was a Theravada monk of the Thai forest tradition.

I just started "A Still Forest Pool" http://www.amazon.com/Still-Forest-Pool-Insight-Meditation/dp/0835605973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323301604&sr=8-1 which is a collection of talks he gave compiled by some of his students. So far it is a very good book. I find the teachings to have a Zen quality to it. That doesn't surprise me since the Thai forest tradition is based more around practice then theory of Buddhism.

Does anyone else have any thoughts on the matter?
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Bob Skank on Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:08 am

Years ago I read a book or an essay by Achaan Chah and thought he was wonderful.
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Anders on Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:55 am

I've stayed at his international forest monastery in Thailand as well as several of his branch monasteries in England and read most of his books as part of that. I never met him (too young for that), but I've met his successors and people who've trained under him. I've been very impressed by the standard of practitioners in these places.

At Wat Pah Nanachat they told me that if they'd got in someone who was was fairly new to Buddhism and didn't quite get it, they'd hand him a copy of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" and tell him to read that instead as it was more or less what they were doing in more poetic language.

I talked to a western monk once who used to train with him and he told me that on occasion Ajahn Chah would give Dhamma talks to westerners and not bother waiting for the translator to catch up because he was so immersed. And yet the audience would nevertheless understand what he was saying anyway. I think there there is a name for this siddhi in Buddhism, but there they just called it talking from heart to heart.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Kojip on Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:45 am

Our (family and Sanga) first teacher was/is Ajahn Viradhammo. He is the Abbot of the local monastery in that tradition. He was a student of Ajahn Chah, and Ajahn Sumedho. Ajahn Sumedho is jewel, a remarkable man. I am very grateful to have sat on retreat with him and hear him teach. It is really chastening to meet someone like that. So if that tradition is your thing, the lineage of Ajahn Chah is solid Dharma. One thing to note is that it is a monastic tradition. Lay people are a different class of practitioner. Most monastics don't play on that, but it is a structural matter that is encountered.
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby A Medic on Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:54 am

Thanks for the post everyone.

Kojip I really don't have a tradition. I've never had a teacher. My preference is to Zen especially Soto. However I do like to read Theravada books from time to time. I think if I were to ever decide to become a monk it would be the Thai forest tradition. This book was given to me as a gift a while back, and I am just now getting to reading it.
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Kojip on Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:39 am

A Medic wrote:Thanks for the post everyone.

Kojip I really don't have a tradition. I've never had a teacher. My preference is to Zen especially Soto. However I do like to read Theravada books from time to time. I think if I were to ever decide to become a monk it would be the Thai forest tradition. This book was given to me as a gift a while back, and I am just now getting to reading it.


I'd recommend teachings by Ajahn Sumedho. They are available online. He teaches the ABC's of practicing the Four Noble Truths now. It is not Zen and there are differences, but it is all Buddhadharma on that level. If you were to compare the straightforward and easily accessible Zen taught by Joko Beck, and Ajahn Sumedho's teachings on moment to moment practice, there is little to confuse or contradict. It's all solid gold IMO :)
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby A Medic on Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:45 am

I will have to look into that. Thank you.

I read Everyday Zen by Joko Beck. I really liked it.
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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Bob Skank on Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:36 pm

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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby mikenz66 on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:37 am

Most of the translations of Ajahn Chah's teachings can be found here: http://ajahnchah.org/

Talks and books by Ajahn Sumedho and others can be found here: http://forestsangha.org/
e.g.: http://forestsangha.org/index.php?optio ... ut=default

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Re: Achaan Chah

Postby Dazzled on Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:39 pm

mikenz66 wrote:Most of the translations of Ajahn Chah's teachings can be found here: http://ajahnchah.org/

Talks and books by Ajahn Sumedho and others can be found here: http://forestsangha.org/
e.g.: http://forestsangha.org/index.php?optio ... ut=default

:Namaste:
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Thanks for posting these links Mike, I definately recommend them too.

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