Contemplating the truth of not-self ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/35533  The most obvious place we can observe and contemplate the truth of not-self, or anatta, is just with our own breath. Anytime we turn our attention to observe the breath, we can see that it is merely carrying on its function. The breath goes in and then it goes out. It arises, it passes away. And that whole process of the breathing is beyond our control, isn't it?...Anytime we can observe something following its…

Contemplating the truth of not-self ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/35533 The most obvious place we can observe and contemplate the truth of not-self, or anatta, is just with our own breath. Anytime we turn our attention to observe the breath, we can see that it is merely carrying on its function. The breath goes in and then it goes out. It arises, it passes away. And that whole process of the breathing is beyond our control, isn't it?...Anytime we can observe something following its…

Never once aware ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/iy7db  There are people who are born and die and never once are aware of their breath going in and out of their body. That’s how far away they live from themselves.  – Ajahn Chah  source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah (Quest Book)

Studying that which is beyond good and evil ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/bz2qa  People don’t study that which is beyond good and evil. This is what they should study. "I’m going to be like this; I’m going to be like that," they say. But they never say, "I’m not going to be anything because there really isn’t any ‘I’." This they don’t study.  – Ajahn Chah  source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

"The glass is already broken" -Achaan Chaa Buddhist Teacher. He realizes that breaking is part of the natural course and so when change occurs and the glass breaks, he does not become attached to the object or longing.

Just to know the mind ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/yho4h  We meditate to get to know our mind. But that doesn’t mean we think, “I’ve got to be peaceful!” If we think and attach in this way then we’ll tend to get irritated with ourself when we’re not peaceful. Our aim is just to know the mind. And when we’re working on developing constant awareness, this will include times when we are not very peaceful, when there are thoughts and distractions coming up. So we just know, “Oh, now the…

Just to know the mind ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/yho4h We meditate to get to know our mind. But that doesn’t mean we think, “I’ve got to be peaceful!” If we think and attach in this way then we’ll tend to get irritated with ourself when we’re not peaceful. Our aim is just to know the mind. And when we’re working on developing constant awareness, this will include times when we are not very peaceful, when there are thoughts and distractions coming up. So we just know, “Oh, now the…

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