What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

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What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by manas » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am

I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)

(Italicization mine).
It seems to be a very profound quote, and i recall reading it recently, but now when I try searching for the full and correct quote, I can't find it. If anyone could please assist, I'd much appreciate it!
Like a merchant with a small
but well-laden caravan
–a dangerous road,

like a person who loves life
–a poison,

one should avoid
–evil deeds.

(Dhammapada 123)


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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33 pm

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manas wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am
I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)
...
...




Found two versions:
“Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all. If you are an arahant you will suffer, if you are a bodhisattva you will suffer, if you are anything at you will suffer.”
https://id.b-ok.org/book/2328267/23133e



“Don’t be an Arahat. Don’t be a Buddha. Don’t be anything at all. Being something makes problems. So don't be anything. You don't have to be something...”
https://books.google.com.mm/books/about ... g-ibW7340C


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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by manas » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:55 pm

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:33 pm
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manas wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:41 am
I recall it as going something like this: "Don't be someone, don't be a Sotapanna...(etc)
...
...




Found two versions:
“Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all. If you are an arahant you will suffer, if you are a bodhisattva you will suffer, if you are anything at you will suffer.”
https://id.b-ok.org/book/2328267/23133e



“Don’t be an Arahat. Don’t be a Buddha. Don’t be anything at all. Being something makes problems. So don't be anything. You don't have to be something...”
https://books.google.com.mm/books/about ... g-ibW7340C


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Thank you :anjali: It's so simple yet profound, and goes straight to the heart.
Like a merchant with a small
but well-laden caravan
–a dangerous road,

like a person who loves life
–a poison,

one should avoid
–evil deeds.

(Dhammapada 123)


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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by bodom » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:24 pm

There is also the quote from him in my signature;

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.
:anjali:
The heart of the path is so simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.

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.

Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this-just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle.

- Ajahn Chah

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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by confusedlayman » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:21 pm

bodom wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:24 pm
There is also the quote from him in my signature;

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.
:anjali:
He is trying tosay just be aware and dont cling to that assreness also
non-agitation is highest peace
living unaffected by other cause and condition to suffering is true bliss
not associating with stupid people is immediate peace
- CL (confused layman)

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Re: What exactly was this Ajahn Chah qoute?

Post by cappuccino » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:46 am

And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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