Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah

The Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhaddo (June 17, 1918 – January 16, 1992) was an influential meditation teacher within Buddhism and the founder of two great monasteries in the Thai Buddhist forest tradition.

He was respected and loved in his own country as a man of great wisdom, and was instrumental in establishing Theravāda Buddhism in the West. Starting in 1979 with the founding of Cittaviveka (better known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in Great Britain, the Thai Buddhist foresttradition of Ajahn Chah has spread throughout Europe, the U.S. and the British Community.

Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks have been recorded and translated into several languages. He was known for his simple and clear presentation of the Dhamma, which inspired both the local villagers and the highest social class in Bangkok.

He was also known as the master with the most Western monk-disciples, for which he opened a separate monastery (Wat Pah Nanachat) near his own monastery Wat Nong Pah Pong. More than a million people, including the Thai royal family, attended the funeral of Ajahn Chah in 1992. He left a legacy of Dhamma talks, pupils and monasteries behind him.

A Gift of Dhamma
10-01-24

A Gift of Dhamma

Ajahn Chah

A discourse delivered to the assembly of Western monks, novices and lay-disciples at Bung Wai Forest Monastery, Ubon, on the 10th of October, 1977.

A Taste of Freedom
29-12-22
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A Taste of Freedom

Ajahn Chah

This book contains ten Dhamma talks given by the renowned Thai meditation master Venerable Ajahn Chah. In a clear and simple yet penetrative style…

Bodhinyana
29-12-22
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Bodhinyana

Ajahn Chah

This was the first compilation of a series of translated talks by Ajahn Chah. After its initial printing in 1979 it has been reprinted many times.

Clarity of Insight
28-12-22
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Clarity of Insight

Ajahn Chah

Two lessons on meditation given by Ajahn Chah. The first lesson is about meditating on buddho, the meditation method that Ajahn Chah frequently taught.

Everything is Teaching Us
29-12-22
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Everything is Teaching Us

Ajahn Chah

This book summarizes Ajahn Chah’s approach quite neatly. Showing us the immediacy of the Dhamma, he demystified the concepts of Buddhism so that almost anyone…

Food for the Heart
29-12-22
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Food for the Heart

Ajahn Chah

Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand’s best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many…

In Simple Terms
29-12-22
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In Simple Terms

Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. The translations of these similes have been polished as little as…

It’s Like This
29-12-22
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It’s Like This

Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah was a master at using the apt and unusual simile to explain points of Dhamma. He was especially talented at exploiting the open-ended nature of the…

Just Do It
20-01-24

Just Do It

Ajahn Chah

A lively talk, in Lao dialect, given to the Assembly of newly-ordained Monks at Wat Pah Pong on the day of entering the Rains Retreat, July 1978 .

Living Dhamma
29-12-22
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Living Dhamma

Ajahn Chah

This is a collection of nine transcribed Dhamma talks given by Ajahn Chah to the lay community as well as to the monastic community in Thailand.

Living With the Cobra
20-02-24

Living With the Cobra

Ajahn Chah

A brief talk given as final instruction to an elderly Englishwoman who spent two months under the guidance of Ajahn Chah at the end of 1978 and beginning of…

Meditation: A Collection of Talks on Cultivating the Mind
29-12-22
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Meditation: A Collection of Talks on Cultivating the Mind

Ajahn Chah

This compilation consists of five talks and three question and answer sessions by the renowned Thai Forest Tradition teacher Venerable Ajahn Chah.

On Meditation
28-12-22
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On Meditation

Ajahn Chah

In this short work there are some Dhamma talks by Ajahn Chah about meditation. Ajahn Chah talks about buddho, samādhi (concentration) and wisdom. It’s a good…

Our Real Home
10-09-19

Our Real Home

Ajahn Chah

A Dhamma-talk by Ajahn Chah to an aging lay disciple approaching death, translated from the Thai by the Sangha at Wat Pah Nanachat: Now determine in your mind…

Questions & Answers on Meditation
16-01-18

Questions & Answers on Meditation

Ajahn Chah

One of the most delightful ways to receive instruction from Ajahn Chah is to sit at his cottage and listen as he answers questions for the monks of the…

Reading the Natural Mind
10-02-24

Reading the Natural Mind

Ajahn Chah

An informal talk given to a group of newly ordained monks after the evening chanting, middle of the Rains Retreat, 1978 …) Our way of practice is looking…

Samma Samadhi: Detachment Within Activity
13-05-21

Samma Samadhi: Detachment Within Activity

Ajahn Chah

Take a look at the example of the Buddha. Both in his own practice and in his methods for teaching the disciples he was exemplary. The Buddha taught the…

Still Flowing Water
29-12-22
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Still Flowing Water

Ajahn Chah

A collection of eight new or significantly revised translations of Ajahn Chah’s Dhamma talks by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu. Two of them have never been translated…

Still, Flowing Water
18-03-21

Still, Flowing Water

Ajahn Chah

Now please pay attention, not allowing your mind to wander off after other things. Create the feeling that right now you are sitting on a mountain or in a…

Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah
28-12-22
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Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah

A biography about Ajahn Chah, one of the greatest meditation teachers within Theravāda Buddhism of the last century. Ajahn Chah steadily practiced the path of…

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
28-12-22
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The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah’s teachings were disarming in their directness and inspiring in their relevance. He would say: “If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.

Venerable Empty-Scripture
04-03-18

Venerable Empty-Scripture

Ajahn Chah

There are two ways to support Buddhism. One is known as āmisapūjā, supporting through material offerings. These are the four requisites of food, clothing…