Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away: Teachings on Impermanence and the End of Suffering

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Ajahn Chah (1919–1992) was admired for the way he demystified the Buddhist teachings, presenting them in a remarkably simple and down-to-earth style for people of any background. He was a major influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of American Buddhist teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield.

Previous books by Ajahn Chah have consisted of collections of short teachings on a wide variety of subjects. This new book focuses on the theme of ...

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Overview

Ajahn Chah (1919–1992) was admired for the way he demystified the Buddhist teachings, presenting them in a remarkably simple and down-to-earth style for people of any background. He was a major influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of American Buddhist teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield.

Previous books by Ajahn Chah have consisted of collections of short teachings on a wide variety of subjects. This new book focuses on the theme of impermanence, offering powerful remedies for overcoming our deep-seated fear of change, including guidance on letting go of attachments, living in the present, and taking up the practice of meditation. Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away also contains stories and anecdotes about this beloved master's life and his interactions with students, from his youth as a struggling monk to his last years when American students were coming to study with him in significant numbers. These stories help to convey Ajahn Chah's unique spirit and teaching style, allowing readers to know him both through his words and the way in which he lived his life.

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"An invaluable collection of this remarkable Thai forest monk's wisdom teachings: simple, direct, clear, and profound. These fundamental insights on impermanence and uncertainty are delivered with a freshness and creativity that makes them of great relevance for all schools of Buddhism."—Larry Rosenberg, founder of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and author of Breath by Breath
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Chah (1919-92), a Buddhist monk of the "Forest Tradition" in Thailand, exerted an important influence on late 20th-century American Buddhist teachers such as Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg. Chah showed little interest in esoteric Buddhist terminology, preferring to couch his insights in clear, accessible language. All actions, he believed, should be carried out with a spirit of meditation that in turn "should be for the purpose of developing wisdom." Many readers should find Chah's approach refreshingly direct. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590302170
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/8/2005
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 589,934
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.51 (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

Pt. 1 Right view
Pt. 2 Anicca : impermanence
Pt. 3 Dukkha : unsatisfactoriness
Pt. 4 Anatta : not-self
Pt. 5 Points in meditation
Pt. 6 Completing the path
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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Written for Lay People

    It is an excellent book written in plain English to explain the concept in Buddhism about the impermanence of everything which is the basis in Buddhism.

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