Ajahn Lee

Ajahn Lee

Ajahn Lee

Phra Suddhidhammaransi Gambhiramedhacarya (1907–1961), commonly known as Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo, was a meditation teacher in the Thai Forest Tradition of the Dhammayuttika Nikaya order of Theravada Buddhism.

He was born in the Ubon Ratchathani Province of Isan and was a student of Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta. Ajahn Lee is regarded as one of the greatest teachers and meditation masters of the Thai Forest Tradition of the 20th century.

Among the forest monks, he devised comprehensive meditation instructions, and composed a detailed map of the jhānas. He was one of the first teachers to bring the teachings of the Forest Tradition to the mainstream of Thai society. He never spoke of his own meditative attainments, however it was widely discussed among his students that he may have had psychic powers.

Basic Themes: Four Treatises on Buddhist Practice

Basic Themes: Four Treatises on Buddhist Practice

Uniquely among the Ajahns in the Thai Wilderness tradition Ajahn Lee composed systematic treatises on the practice. These are valuable documents…

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

The title of this collection reflects how it invites the reader to fill in the spaces suggested by the talks to reflect on how the images and teachings they…

Frames of Reference

Frames of Reference

A practical explanation for meditators of the four frames of reference from the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness) by Ajahn…

Inner Strength

Inner Strength

A collection of 20 Dhamma Talks by Ajahn Lee, from the basics of breath meditation to longer talks with extended metaphors on consciousnesses…

Keeping the Breath in Mind

Keeping the Breath in Mind

A fundamental guidebook for breath meditation and practicing the jhānas (concentration absorptions) by Ajahn Lee.

Starting out Small

Starting out Small

In this collection of talks Ajahn Lee covers the sorts of questions that occur to people new to meditation— Why meditate? How should I meditate? And why in that…

The Autobiography of Phra Ajahn Lee

The Autobiography of Phra Ajahn Lee

Phra Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo was one of the foremost teachers in the Thai forest ascetic tradition of meditation founded at the turn of the twentieth century by…

The Craft of the Heart

The Craft of the Heart

Ajahn Lee’s first, this book is also his most comprehensive, covering all aspects of the path of practice, from taking the five precepts to the attainment of…

The Heightened Mind

The Heightened Mind

In previous collections of Ajahn Lee’s talks, the main focus has been on technique. Here the focus is more on attitudes to bring to the practice of…

The Skill of Release

The Skill of Release

A selection of Ajahn Lee’s teachings, including a few full talks, some short passages, and sometimes even half-thoughts, if they seemed provocative enough.

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