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

By Ajahn Chah

Popular for the sweetness and straightforwardness of his teachings, Ajahn Chah used to be Thailand's best-known meditation instructor. His air of secrecy and knowledge prompted many American and ecu seekers, and contributed to shaping the yank 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'. each one of these talks have formerly in basic terms been to be had in restricted, inner most versions and the book of Food for the Heart for that reason represents a momentous get together: the highly elevated accessibility of his phrases and knowledge. Western academics equivalent to Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can event them without delay during this publication.

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And you are so prone to personalise them. Without causality there will be no order; nor purposeful action will be possible. M: Do you want to know all the causes of each event? Is it possible? Q: I know it is not possible! All I want to know is if there are causes for everything and the causes can be influenced, thereby affecting the events? M: To influence events, you need not know the causes. What a roundabout way of doing things! Are you not the source and the end of every event? Control it at the source itself.

M: You talk of the unconscious when there is a lapse in memory. In reality there is only consciousness. All life is conscious, all consciousness -- alive. Q: Even stones? M: Even stones are conscious and alive. Q: The worry with me is that I am prone to denying existence to what I cannot imagine. M: You would be wiser to deny the existence of what you imagine. It is the imagined that is unreal. Q: Is all imaginable unreal? M: Imagination based on memories is unreal. The future is not entirely unreal.

M: Consciousness itself is the source of everything. Q: Can there be life without consciousness? M: No, nor consciousness without life. They are both one. But in reality only the Ultimate is. The rest is a matter of name and form. And as long as you cling to the idea that only what has name and shape exists, the Supreme will appear to you non-existing. When you understand that names and shapes are hollow shells without any content whatsoever, and what is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness, you will be at peace -- immersed in the deep silence of reality.

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