Venerable Father

Venerable Father

by Paul Breiter


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Available until now only in limited editions, "Venerable Father" has become an underground classic among Buddhists, especially those practicing the Thai tradition. It details the joys and struggles of Paul Breiter's years with Ajahn Chah, who was perhaps Thailand¿s best-known and most-loved Buddhist master. Breiter describes Ajahn Chah as a figure who is at once human yet extraordinary, an orthodox yet unconventional teacher whose remarkable skill, patience, and compassion in training disciples flowed naturally from his deep and joyous realization of the truth. Breiter also explains, quite vividly, the life of a Westerner in a Thai forest monastery and the unique spiritual lessons to be learned there.

PAUL BREITER ordained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Thailand in 1970 and soon thereafter met Ajahn Chah. He became one of Ajahn Chah's favorite disciples and his translator, and stayed with him until disrobing in 1977. Since then, he has maintained close ties to Ajahn Chah's lineage while studying Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and he has continued to translate Ajahn Chah's teachings, which appear in "Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chaa" (with Jack Kornfield) and "Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha¿s Teachings".

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ISBN-13: 9781931044813
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 09/15/2004
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

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ikkyu2462 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book straddles the line between biography and autobiography and fails to do justice to either. By taking a first person approach, the author can only relate what he personally experienced, which wasn't much. The reader is left with a rather one-dimensional portrait of Ajahn Chah, with no background material on his personal history, or the context of Buddhism in Thailand in which he labored. The same holds true of the author. Without a personal history, and many personal details omitted, the reader is left no sense of emotional or psychological depth in either the author or his subject. Too many important questions are left unexplored.