A Still Forest Pool

A Still Forest Pool


A Still Forest Pool

Achaan Chah’s humble words, compiled by two Westerners who are former ordained monks, awaken the spirit of inquiry, wonderment, understanding, and deep inner peace. Attachment, according to Achaan Chah, causes all suffering.

A Still Forest Pool

Achaan Chah spent many years walking and meditating in the forest monastery of Wat Ba Pong, engaging in the uncomplicated and disciplined Buddhist practice called dhudanga. A Still Forest Pool reflects the quiet, intensive, and joyous practice of the forest monks of Thailand. Achaan Chah’s humble words, compiled by two Westerners who are former ordained monks, awaken the spirit of inquiry, wonderment, understanding, and deep inner peace. Attachment, according to Achaan Chah, causes all suffering. Understanding the impermanent, insecure, and selfless nature of life is the message he offers for human happiness and realization. To vividly grasp the meaning of attachment leads us to a new place of practice – the path of balance, the Middle Path.

Venerable Father

Available until now only in limited editions, "Venerable Father" has become an underground classic among Buddhists, especially those practicing the Thai tradition.

Venerable Father

Available until now only in limited editions, "Venerable Father" has become an underground classic among Buddhists, especially those practicing the Thai tradition. It details the joys and struggles of Paul Breiter's years with Ajahn Chah, who was perhaps Thailand's best-known and most-loved Buddhist master. Breiter describes Ajahn Chah as a figure who is at once human yet extraordinary, an orthodox yet unconventional teacher whose remarkable skill, patience, and compassion in training disciples flowed naturally from his deep and joyous realization of the truth. Breiter also explains, quite vividly, the life of a Westerner in a Thai forest monastery and the unique spiritual lessons to be learned there. PAUL BREITER ordained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition in Thailand in 1970 and soon thereafter met Ajahn Chah. He became one of Ajahn Chah's favorite disciples and his translator, and stayed with him until disrobing in 1977. Since then, he has maintained close ties to Ajahn Chah's lineage while studying Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and he has continued to translate Ajahn Chah's teachings, which appear in "Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chaa" (with Jack Kornfield) and "Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings."

Being Dharma

He kept a journal of his translations of Ajahn Chah's Dharma teachings, some of
which he published with Jack Kornfield as A Still Forest Pool (Quest Books, 1985)
. He also translated a volume of a text on monastic discipline, known as ...

Being Dharma

Chah offers a thorough exploration of Theravadan Buddhism in a gentle, sometimes humorous, style that makes the reader feel as though he or she is being entertained by a story. He emphasizes the path to freedom from emotional and psychological suffering and provides insight into the fact that taking ourselves seriously causes unnecessary hardship. Ajahn Chah influenced a generation of Western teachers: Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, and many other Western Buddhist teachers were at one time his students. Anyone who has attended a retreat led by one of these teachers, or read one of their books, will be familiar with this master's name and reputation as one of the great Buddhist teachers of this century.

The Buddha Is Still Teaching

a. sTIll. foresT. Pool. Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course.
Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All
kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly
 ...

The Buddha Is Still Teaching

Following the success of Teachings of the Buddha (Shambhala 1993, over 240,000 copies sold), this new collection represents the Buddha's teachings as they are taught and practised now in the West. Jack Kornfield's selections of passages and quotes includes inspiring favourites from many of the most highly regarded contemporary masters and teachers. The collection is organized by content, presenting the progression of Buddhist practice from an experiential point of view.

Entheogens and the Future of Religion

His books include Living Buddhist Masters, A Path with Heart, Buddha's Little
Instruction Book, Teachings of the Buddha, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with
Joseph Goldstein), Living Dharma, A Still Forest Pool, and Stories of the Spirit,
Stories ...

Entheogens and the Future of Religion

A study of the importance of psychedelic plants and drugs in religion and society • With contributions by Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Jack Kornfield, Terence McKenna, the Shulgins, Rick Strassman, and others • Explores the importance of academic and religious freedom in the study of psychedelics and the mind • Exposes the need for an organized spiritual context for entheogen use in order to fully realize their transformative and sacred value We live in a time when a great many voices are calling for a spiritual renewal to address the problems that face humanity, yet the way of entheogens--one of the oldest and most widespread means of attaining a religious experience--is forbidden, surrounded by controversy and misunderstanding. Widely employed in traditional shamanic societies, entheogens figure prominently in the origins of religion and their use continues today throughout the world. They alter consciousness in such a profound way that, depending on the set and setting, they can produce the ultimate human experiences: union with God or revelation of other mystical realities. With contributions by Albert Hofmann, Terence McKenna, Ann and Alexander Shulgin, Thomas Riedlinger, Dale Pendell, and Rick Strassman as well as interviews with R. Gordon Wasson and Jack Kornfield, this book explores ancient and modern uses of psychedelic drugs, emphasizing the complementary relationship between science and mystical experience and the importance of psychedelics to the future of religion and society. Revealing the mystical-religious possibilities of substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline, and LSD, this book exposes the vital need for developing an organized spiritual context for their use in order to fully realize their transformative and sacred value. Stressing the importance of academic and religious freedom, the authors call for a revival of scientific and religious inquiry into entheogens so they may be used safely and legally by those seeking to cultivate their spiritual awareness.

Stories To Celebrate Life

A. Still. Forest. Pool. Jui Miang fellasleep during Mathslesson. His Math teacher
woke him up witha sharp taponhis shoulder andthen kept close tab on him for the
next thirty minutes. Poor Jui Miang! He had a hard time keeping his eyes open.

Stories To Celebrate Life

?Stories to Celebrate Life? contains 30 very short stories such as ?Celebration of Life?, ?The Seventh Step?, ?Orang Utan Island?, ?Rainbow in Her Heart? and many other stories which most of the time transport you out of this mundane world into a world of fantasy where animals and inanimate objects act and talk like human beings as each live through a moment in time just as human beings live through each moment of theirs. Told simply and quickly, the old fashion and not so old fashion stories tease the idle mind. Some may tug at your heartstrings and others may leave you chuckling and wanting for more. When there is a touch of Zen, it will leave you wondering about life itself?

Blessed Relief

Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All
kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly
see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things ...

Blessed Relief

Based on his conviction that Buddhist teachers have a lot to offer about how to deal with suffering, Episcopal priest Peerman takes readers on a lively, even lighthearted, journey through eight Buddhist practices that can bring "blessed relief" to a wide range of human suffering.

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

Eventually he set up an international forest monastery, also in Ubon, to train
Western monks. ... Paul Breiter, editors, A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation
of Achaan Chah (A Quest Book), Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing
House, ...

Encyclopedia of Monasticism

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

How to Be Sick

A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers Toni
Bernhard. that's okay. Any given doctor is going to ... whom we've heard from
before. In his book A Still Forest Pool, he offers a statement so powerful 82 How
to Be Sick.

How to Be Sick

This life-affirming, instructive, and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is - or who might one day be - sick. It can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or life-threatening illness. Authentic and graceful, How to be Sick reminds us of our endless inner freedom, even under high degrees of suffering and pain. The author - who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career - tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner's bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms. She had to learn ways to make "being sick" the heart of her spiritual practice - and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. And whether we ourselves are ill or not, we can learn these vital arts from Bernhard's generous wisdom in How to Be Sick.