This is a beautiful book. The teachings are simple, yet uncompromising. Chah Achaan. Buddhist master Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a forest monastery of Thailand. This remarkable book reflects his simple and powerful message as well as the quiet, joyful Buddhist practice of dhudanga, or "everyday mindfulness," with profound insights for the West. He has taught meditation internationally since and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.
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To ask other readers questions about A Still Forest Pool , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 24, Steve Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism , life-changers. This is a fantastic book, written by a simple man with no pretences and great spiritual understanding of both the human condition and the path of Buddhist practice.
This little book is really important to me, I use it often when I get wound up in my shit to find the true essence of what it's all about. It always allows me to le go of taking myself too seriously. Nov 08, Phillip Moffitt rated it it was amazing Shelves: experienced-meditators. Ajahn Chah was one of the great insight meditation teachers of the last century. This book is a collection of short teachings that reflect his emphasis on being mindful in daily life as the way to attain liberation.
He describes the essence of vipassana, concentration practice, walking meditation practice, and much more. His teachings are like nuggets that you can quickly consume and then chew on for days.
View 1 comment. Apr 20, Gregg Bell rated it liked it. There are good things in just about every book like this. There are good things in this book. But it's not really much of a book. Just a grouping of Achaan Chah's insights on life okay, a slight pun via insight meditation. What can one say? Is it worth reading? Answer: for nuggets. You decide: Nugget 1 To try to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.
Investigate suffering, see its causes, and put an end to them right now, rather than merely dealing with their effects. Nugget 2 There are good things in just about every book like this. Nugget 2 It's as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just see them and overcome them by letting them go. Don't think about the obstacles you've already passed; don't worry about those you have not yet seen.
Stick to the present. Don't be concerned about the length of the road or the destination. Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, don't cling to it. Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves.
And that's really the whole notion of insight meditation: everything around us is constantly changing, including us. Who you were on that day when you got a raise is different than the person the next day who gets a flat tire on the way to work. And who you were fifteen minutes ago when no major life incident occurred in the interim is nonetheless different as well. Life is impermanent. It passes. We're impermanent. We pass. Understand this and simply enjoy watching life go by.
View all 3 comments. Jan 09, Manesha rated it it was amazing. A Still Forest Pool is an incredibly inspiring book. The simplicity of the monk's words resonated with me everytime I read one of his entries. I would have to say that this book is not meant to be read in one sitting, it is more enjoyable if you read one journal entry every few days.
But understanding what that word means to monks living in a forest is simple. My favourite section was the last one where he has a question answer section. I highly A Still Forest Pool is an incredibly inspiring book. I highly recommend this book to practicing meditators. This is a book I see myself rereading for many years. Dec 10, Harry rated it really liked it Shelves: religion , non-fiction , philosophy.
There is a Buddhist temple in the village where I live and the monks very kindly invited the villagers to a meal a few months ago. On leaving we were all presented with this book as a gift. It's a treatise on meditation and the path to mindfulness. It's easily read and contains some really good advise without preaching too much. Because it is split into so many small chapters it is a book that can be dipped into over and over again. Mar 07, Taka rated it liked it Shelves: , buddhism. Simple and refreshing-- I came across Ajahn Chah's teaching indirectly through a co-meditator at my last day Goenka retreat.
And so I immediately bought this book and it was as refreshing as a still forest Simple and refreshing-- I came across Ajahn Chah's teaching indirectly through a co-meditator at my last day Goenka retreat. And so I immediately bought this book and it was as refreshing as a still forest pool indeed.
Ajahn Chah in this book keeps stressing the importance of being natural and not trying too hard because that's a form of craving. 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.
Though Goenka's Vipassana will remain my main meditation practice for now, I'm already contemplating when to attend an Ajhan Chah retreat. 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.
Still… Like a clear forest pool – Ajahn Chah
Introduction PART 1. 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
Still, like a clear forest pool — Ajahn Chah. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings — like a clear forest pool. This is a metaphor for life and a metaphor to understand your real mind — which is naturally still — like a clear forest pool. In life, many weird and wonderful people of all kinds will come into your life and go away back into their own lives — just like the many wonderful, rare animals that come to drink at the pool and then go off to do their own thing. You are just sitting there quiet and still, beside the pool — observing all this. 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.
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