Ajahn Maha Boowa

Straight From the Heart

Straight From the Heart

The talks in this collection all deal with the practice of meditation, and particularly with the development of discernment.

These talks were originally given for the benefit of a follower of Venerable Ācariya Mahā Boowa who had contracted cancer of the bone marrow and had come to practice meditation at Wat Pa Baan Taad in order to contend with the pain of the disease and the fact of her approaching death.

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About Ajahn Maha Boowa

Ajahn Maha Boowa (12 August 1913 – 30 January 2011) was a Thai Buddhist monk. He was thought by many of his followers to be an Arahant (someone who has attained full enlightenment).

He was a disciple of the esteemed forest master Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta, and was himself considered a master in the Thai Forest Tradition. Following the death of Ajahn Thate in 1994, he was considered to be the Ajahn Yai (or head monk) of the Thai Forest Tradition lineage until his death in 2011.

In addition to his fame as practitioner of meditation, Ajahn Maha Boowa was known for his involvement in social issues. When the country was struck by a major economic crisis in 1997, he urged fellow Thais to donate money, gold and other precious items to the bank of Thailand to help the recovery.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276