Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings

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Chah offers a thorough exploration of Theravadan Buddhism in a gentle, sometimes humorous, style that makes the reader feel as though he or she is being entertained by a story. He emphasizes the path to freedom from emotional and psychological suffering and provides insight into the fact that taking ourselves seriously causes unnecessary hardship.

Ajahn Chah influenced a generation of Western teachers: Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, and many...

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Overview

Chah offers a thorough exploration of Theravadan Buddhism in a gentle, sometimes humorous, style that makes the reader feel as though he or she is being entertained by a story. He emphasizes the path to freedom from emotional and psychological suffering and provides insight into the fact that taking ourselves seriously causes unnecessary hardship.

Ajahn Chah influenced a generation of Western teachers: Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, and many other Western Buddhist teachers were at one time his students. Anyone who has attended a retreat led by one of these teachers, or read one of their books, will be familiar with this master's name and reputation as one of the great Buddhist teachers of this century.

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"Employing simple, precise language, his words convey his belief that liberation is possible for each of us through diligent effort and sincere intention."—Tricycle

"Chah's style of teaching Buddhism was informal and non-systematic; he was renowned for giving instructions in a way that an 'uneducated rice farmer' could understand. The talks in Being Dharma reflect Ajahn Chah's fundamental orientation toward Buddhism as a way of life, rather than a set of rules or rituals."— Shambhala Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628085
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 941,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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Ajahn Chah (1919–1992) was a beloved Thai Buddhist master whose teachings were refreshingly uncompromising in their clarity and certainty—the certainty of a meditator who has achieved deep understanding of the Buddha's teachings. He was an important influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of American Buddhist teachers.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Translator's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Hearing Dharma 15
2 Understanding Dharma 31
The Here and Now Dharma 31
The Trapper's Snare 45
3 Practicing Dharma 63
The Path to Peace 63
Morality Brings Happiness: A Talk Given on Songkran, the Traditional New Year 73
Meditation Practice 86
Lay Practice: Don't Let the Monkey Burn Down Your House 118
Monastic Life: Why Do People Ordain? 133
One Day Passes: A Talk to the Community of Nuns at Wat Pah Pong 140
4 Seeing Dharma 151
Kondanya Knows 151
Fumbling and Groping 168
5 Being Dharma 177
Beyond Cause and Effect 177
Nibbana Paccayo Hotu 183
6 Teaching Dharma 197
Glossary 217
About the Translator 223
Credits 224
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