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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Just know yourself

Just know yourself, this is your witness.
Don’t make decisions on the strength of your desires.
Desires can puff us up into thinking we are something which we’re not.

We must be very circumspect.


Ajahn Chah

End suffering

If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand.
The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there.

Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise,
it ceases at the place where it arises.
If suffering arises you must contemplate right there,
you don’t have to run away.
You should settle the issue right there.
One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all.
He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

We don’t meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.


Ajahn Chah

Give up all forms of evil

The Buddha taught us to give up all forms of evil and cultivate virtue.
This is the right path.

Teaching in this way is like the Buddha picking us up and placing us at the beginning of the path. Having reached the path, whether we walk along it or not is up to us. The Buddha’s job is finished right there. He shows the way, that which is right and that which is not right. This much is enough, the rest is up to us.

First you understand the Dhamma with your thoughts. If you begin to understand it, you will practice it. And if you practice it, you will begin to see it. And when you see it, you are the Dhamma, and you have the joy of the Buddha.

It’s like a child who is learning to write. At first he doesn’t write nicely — big, long loops and squiggles — he writes like a child. After a while the writing improves through practice. Practicing the Dhamma is like this. At first you are awkward…sometimes calm, sometimes not, you don’t really know what’s what. Some people get discouraged. Don’t slacken off! You must persevere with the practice.

Live with effort, just like the schoolboy: as he gets older he writes better and better. From writing badly he grows to write beautifully,
all because of the practice from childhood.


Ajahn Chah

Resolve yourselves

So resolve yourselves.

It’s not just by sitting with your eyes closed that you develop wisdom.
Eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind are constantly with us,
so be constantly alert.

Study constantly.
Seeing trees or animals can all be occasions for study.
Bring it all inwards.
See clearly within your own heart.
If some sensation makes impact on the heart,
witness it clearly for yourself, don’t simply disregard it.

Whenever we feel that we are definitely right,
so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else,
right there we are wrong.
It becomes wrong view.
When suffering arises,
where does it arise from?
The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering.
If it was right view it wouldn’t cause suffering.


Ajahn Chah

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is life.
Whenever we don’t have mindfulness,
when we are heedless, it’s as if we are dead.


Ajahn Chah

Books

The heart is the only book worth reading.


Ajahn Chah