mikenz66 wrote:Like Reflection, I have no direct experience with Ajahn Chah, but I would agree with the above assessment, that Ajahn Chah taught a variety of things to different students. I've heard that related many times by a number of his Western students, including Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Tiradhammo.
A Western monk at WatBa Pong became frustrated by the difficulties of practice and the detailed and seemingly arbitrary rules of conduct the monks had to follow. He began to criticize other monks for sloppy practice and to doubt the wisdom of Achaan Chah's teaching. At one point, he went to Achaan Chah and complained, noting that even Achaan Chah himself was inconsistent and seemed often to contradict him self in an unenlightened way.
Achaan Chah just laughed and pointed out how much the monk was suffering by trying to judge others around him. Then he explained that his way of teaching is very simple: "It is as though I see people walking down a road I know well. To them the way may be unclear. I look up and see someone about to fall into a ditch on the right-hand side of the road, so I call out to him, 'Go left, go left' Similarly, if I see another person about to fall into a ditch on the left, I call out, 'Go right, go right!' That is the extent of my teaching. Whatever extreme you get caught in, whatever you get attached to, I say, 'Let go of that too.' Let go on the left, let go on the right. Come back to the center, and you will arrive at the true Dharma. "
http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books2/Ajahn ... tm#Lessons in the Forest
reflection wrote:All I can trust upon is written translations of some of his talks. Of course there were a lot of teachings he gave to individual students, but were never recorded. Teachers say different things to groups of lay people than to an individual, for example.
Mr Man wrote:Ajahn Brahm's interest in samatha meditation predates his time with Ajahn Chah.
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