Pure and Simple: The Buddhist Teachings of a Thai Laywoman

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Upasika Kee was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthy, refreshingly direct, and hard-hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand?male or female?all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, is one reason so many contemporary Buddhist teachers recall Upasika Kee so fondly, and so often. With this book, ...

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Pure and Simple: The Extraordinary Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Laywoman

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Overview

Upasika Kee was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthy, refreshingly direct, and hard-hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand—male or female—all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, is one reason so many contemporary Buddhist teachers recall Upasika Kee so fondly, and so often. With this book, readers seeking something reminiscent of the classic Mindfulness in Plain English can receive instruction on meditation practice as they become acquainted with the legacy of a renowned Buddhist figure. Pure and Simple, the first widely-available collection of her writings, will be gratefully received not only by those who knew Upasika Kee, but by anyone who encounters her for the first time in its pages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861714926
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 702,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Upasika Kee Nanyon was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthly, refreshingly direct, and hard hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand-male or female-all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, along with her encouraging voice, lead many contemporary Buddhist teachers to recall Upasika Kee fondly and often. Pure and Simple is the first widely available collection of her writings.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu is the author of numerous books and articles. He is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in northern San Diego County.

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Table of Contents

Looking inward 1
The practice in brief 1
An hour's meditation 3
A basic order in life 6
Continuous practice 9
Every in-and-out breath 11
Taking a stance 12
The details of pain 13
Aware right at awareness 19
The pure present 30
The deceits of knowing 32
Sabbe Dhamma Anatta 37
Going out cold 38
Reading the heart 41
Breath meditation condensed 43
Going against the flow 57
Self and selfishness 57
A sense of priorities 67
Mindfulness like the pilings of a dam 75
The battle within 84
Stop, look, and let go 96
All things are unworthy of attachment 106
Simply stop right here 123
A good dose of Dhamma : for meditators when they are ill 141
Reading the mind 163
Discernment versus self-deception 163
A difference in the knowing 168
The balanced way 171
The uses of equanimity 172
A glob of tar 174
When conventional truths collapse 177
The intricacies of ignorance 183
Emptiness versus the void 185
Opening the way in the heart 186
Pure and simple 189
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