And so I immediately bought this book and it was as refreshing as a still forest pool indeed. More than his refreshing simplicity, though, I loved his sheer and vast openness—how he allowed his students to go study meditation under different teachers outside his tradition—because he believed all pointed back to the same destination, as long as they helped them practice non-attachment—and how he allowed his Christian students to celebrate Christmas. Quotes: "Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator.
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And so I immediately bought this book and it was as refreshing as a still forest pool indeed. More than his refreshing simplicity, though, I loved his sheer and vast openness—how he allowed his students to go study meditation under different teachers outside his tradition—because he believed all pointed back to the same destination, as long as they helped them practice non-attachment—and how he allowed his Christian students to celebrate Christmas.
Quotes: "Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. How do you practice? What is the result of your practice? How do you eat? How do you feel after you have eaten well? It is hard enought o watch your own mind, so why add the burden of judging others.
It is easy to fast, more difficult to eat little or in moderation as a meditation. Instead of frequent fasting, learn to eat with mindfulness and sensitivity to your needs, learn to distinguish needs from desires. Get to know these visitors well. Become familiar with the vivid pictures they paint, the alluring stories they tell, to entice you to follow them.
But do not give up your seat—it is the only chair around. If you continue to occupy it unceasingly, greeting each guest as it comes, firmly establishing yourself in awareness, transforming your mind into the one who knows, the one who is awake, the visitors will eventually stop coming back" "We tend to complicate our meditation.
Such grasping is natural at first. What is the point in that? There is no goal, no point to attain. Whether you sit until or or PM, never mind. Just keep sitting without concern.
Do not force yourself. Do not be compulsive. Do not compmand your heart to do things for certain, for this command will make things all the less certain.
Let your mind be at ease, let your breath be even, normal, not short or long or any special way. Let your body be comfortable. Practice steadily and continuously. How long will we practice? Why do you come and disturb me? Let your heart be at ease, and you will become tranquil, free from the power of grasping "Some people sit in front of a lighted incense stick and vow to sit until it has burned down. Then they keep peeking to see how far it has burned, constantly concerned with the time.
Or they vow to push beyond or die, and then feel terribly guilty when they stop only one hour later. These people are controlled by desire. Just maintain your practice at a steady pace, letting it progress gradually. You do not need to make vows. Just keep striving to train yourself, just do your practice and let the mind become calm of itself.
Eventually, you will find that you can sit a long time at your ease, practicing correctly. I always keep my eyes lowered and am mindful of every little action I do. When eating, for example, I take a long time and try to see each step—chewing, tasting, swallowing, and so on—and I take each step deliberately and carefully.
Am I practicing properly? A: Sense restraint is proper practice. We should be mindful of it throughout the day. Walk, eat, and act naturally, and then develop natural mindfulness of what is going on within yourself. To force your meditation or force yourself into awkward patterns is another form of craving. Patience and endurance are necessary. If you act naturally and are mindful, wisdom will come naturally" If all is impermanent, unsatisfactory, and selfless, then what is the point of existence?
Why are we born? Why do you eat? You eat so that you do not have to eat anymore. You are born so that you will not have to be born again.
A Still Forest Pool Quotes
Introduction Suppose you were to go to Asia in the s in search of living teachings of the Buddha, to discover if there are still monks and nuns practicing a life of simplicity and meditation, supported by alms-food, and dwelling in the forest. Perhaps you had read descriptions of the Buddha himself wondering with his monks in the forests of India, inviting men and women of good families to join him in cultivating wisdom and universal compassion, inviting them to live the simple life of a mendicant, to dedicate themselves to inner calm and awareness. Would you find this way of life alive today, twenty-five centuries later? And would its teachings still be applicable and relevant for-our modem society, our modem minds? You would land at a modem airport near Bangkok or Colombo or Rangoon. In your taxi you would drive through Asian city streets, passing cars, crowded busses, sidewalk vendors of tropical fruits.
A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah
Kajiran Your mind is like this too — your awareness observes all the comings and goings of all the wonderful people and animals that enter and go out of your life. Understanding the impermanent, insecure, and selfless nature of life is the message he offers for human happiness and realization. As It Is, Volume I. When I began reading Buddhist writings awhile ago, I was interested in Buddhism as a way to help deepen my practice of meditation and prayer.