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Being Dharma : The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings - Ajahn Chah

Being Dharma

The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings

By: Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9781570628085
Number Of Pages: 256

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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 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.

About the Author

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.

"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

Foreword
Translator's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Hearing Dharmap. 15
Understanding Dharmap. 31
The Here and Now Dharmap. 31
The Trapper's Snarep. 45
Practicing Dharmap. 63
The Path to Peacep. 63
Morality Brings Happiness: A Talk Given on Songkran, the Traditional New Yearp. 73
Meditation Practicep. 86
Lay Practice: Don't Let the Monkey Burn Down Your Housep. 118
Monastic Life: Why Do People Ordain?p. 133
One Day Passes: A Talk to the Community of Nuns at Wat Pah Pongp. 140
Seeing Dharmap. 151
Kondanya Knowsp. 151
Fumbling and Gropingp. 168
Being Dharmap. 177
Beyond Cause and Effectp. 177
Nibbana Paccayo Hotup. 183
Teaching Dharmap. 197
Glossaryp. 217
About the Translatorp. 223
Creditsp. 224
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ISBN: 9781570628085
ISBN-10: 1570628084
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1