* Buddhist Reflections on the Spiritual Life
for Ven Ajahn Chah
* An anthology of teachings by
English-speaking disciples of Ajahn Chah
* Source: dhammatalks.net, holybooks.com
01A. Dedication - Introduction - A Short Biography of Ajahn Chah
01B. Venerable Ajahn Chah: Message from Thailand
01C. Venerable Ajahn Chah: What is Contemplation
02. Venerable Ajahn Sumedho: The Way it Is
03. Venerable Sanatcitto: Love and Attachment
04. Venerable Pabhakaro: On Humility
05. Venerable Khemadhammo: Responding to Pain
06. Venerable Jagaro: Happiness
07. Venerable Pasanno: What is Important
08. Venerable Anando: Kindness and Insight
09. Venerable Tiradhammo: Joy in Spiritual Practice
10. Venerable Viradhammo: So What
11. Venerable Brahmavamso: Becoming Enlightened
12. Venerable Gavesako: Talk on Suffering
13. Venerable Sucitto: Kwan Yin and the Noble Elephant
14. Venerable Munindo: The Work of Awareness
15. Venerable Puriso: Seeing in the Light of Dhamma
16. Venerable Kittisaro: Contemplation and Action
17. Venerable Bodhipalo: Walking Through India
18. Venerable Amaro: No Empty Ideal
19. Venerable Thanavaro: Generating Blessings
20. Venerable Jayasaro: Luang Por's Way
21. Venerable Vajiro: Dana
22. Venerable Kittisaro: Epilogue - True Friends
*** Guided Meditation
Hard to elude is the reach of Death;
Hard to pass beyond.
But they who accord with the Dhamma well taught,
they will pass beyond
This collection of teachings is an offering of gratitude to The Venerable Ajahn Chah.
In 1977, when this much-loved Thai Theravada meditation master visited the United Kingdom, he brought with him two of his senior Western-born disciples. Shortly afterwards, on invitation, two more joined them. These four monks remained in London
In 1981 two other Westerners were invited to go from their mother monastery in North-East Thailand to take up residence in Perth, Australia.
This book represents the teachings of a now international community -- the first generation of monks and nuns proceeding from this Theravada 'Forest Tradition'.
The book begins with an introduction and dedication to Ajahn Chah and follows on with two sessions of instruction given to Western students. The remainder is a collection of transcribed talks, letters, and essays by 20 teaching monks of this tradition. Some have remained as abbots of monasteries in Thailand; others are now living in England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
In keeping with the Buddha's own Teachings, these reflections on Dhamma -- the Truth of the Way Things Are -- are not intended to be accepted too readily. Neither are they to be rejected. Rather, they are offered for consideration.
They are also offered as an on-going expression of gratitude for what has been received -- the living example of the Way of Truth itself. For these monks it has been the opportunity to witness the life of a great Master, who awakened the 'heart of true faith' in so many. It is sincerely wished that these teachings bring to fruition true happiness, true 'Refuge', and true peace in the hearts of those who look into them.