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Ajahn Chah Quote: “Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, THAT is your teacher.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If you are still following your likes and dislikes, you have not even begun to practise Dhamma.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “But when I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Letting go a little brings a little peace. Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “When sitting in meditation, say, “That’s not my business!” with every thought that comes by.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The heart is just the heart; thoughts and feelings are just thoughts and feelings. Let things be just as they are.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Happiness and suffering do not depend on being poor or rich, they depend on having the right or wrong understanding in our mind.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “When the heart truly understands, it lets go of everything.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If it shouldn’t happen, it wouldn’t happen.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Where does peace arise? Peace arises whenever we let something go.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Do not be a bodhisattva, do not be an arahant, do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisattva, you will suffer, if you are an arahant, you will suffer, if you are anything at all, you will suffer.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “To give up doing evil is more important than making merit.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Why are we born? We are born so that we will not have to be born again.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. And when we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The forest is peaceful, why aren’t you? You hold on to things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the bird’s song then let go. If you know nature, you’ll know truth. If you know truth, you’ll know nature.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Don’t be attached to visions or lights in meditation, don’t rise or fall with them. What’s so great about brightness? My flashlight has it. It can’t help us rid ourselves of our suffering.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Dharma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don’t believe others, just listen to your mind. You don’t have to go anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If you want a chicken to be a duck, and a duck to be a chicken, you will suffer.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The Dhamma is revealing itself in every moment, but only when the mind is quiet can we understand what it is saying, for the Dhamma teaches without words.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Only one book is worth reading: the heart.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If you see certainty in that which is uncertain, you are bound to suffer.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “All religions are like different cars all moving in the same direction. People who don’t see it have no light in their hearts.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “I am like a tree in a forest. Birds come to the tree, they sit on its branches and eat its fruits. To the birds, the fruit may be sweet or sour or whatever. The birds say sweet or they say sour, but from the tree’s point of view, this is just the chattering of birds.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “We practice to learn how to let go, not how to increase our holding on to things. Enlightenment appears when you stop wanting anything.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “You should think about your own death 3 times per day at the very least.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Once you understand non-self, then the burden of life is gone. You’ll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy. Learn to let go without struggle, simply let go, to be just as you are – no holding on, no attachment, free.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If you haven’t cried deeply a number of times, your meditation hasn’t really begun.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Just know what is happening in your mind – not happy or sad about it, not attached. If you suffer see it, know it, and be empty. It’s like a letter – you have to open it before you can know what’s in it.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Read yourself, not books. Truth isn’t outside, that’s only memory, not wisdom. Memory without wisdom is like an empty thermos bottle – if you don’t fill it, it’s useless.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Time is our present breath.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment, the effort to overcome laziness and merit, the effort to make each activity of our day meditation.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “To practice Dhamma means to observe and examine oneself.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “If we see suffering then we don’t have suffering.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The mind of one who practises doesn’t run away anywhere, it stays right there. Good, evil, happiness and unhappiness, right and wrong arise, and he knows them all. The meditator simply knows them, they don’t enter his mind. That is, he has no clinging. He is simply the experiencer.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Mental activity is like a deadly poisonous cobra. If we don’t interfere with a cobra, how poisonous it may be, it simply goes its own away.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “A madman and an arahant both smile, but the arahant knows why while the madman doesn’t.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it. So let your mind be like a tightly woven net to catch emotions and feelings that come, and investigate them before you react.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “Learn to see that it is not things that bother us, that we go out to bother them. See the world as a mirror. It is all a reflection of the mind. When you know this, you can grow in every moment, and every experience reveals truth and brings understanding.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice.”
Ajahn Chah Quote: “We don’t meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.”
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