9780861713233

Food for the Heart : The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

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  • ISBN13:

    9780861713233

  • ISBN10:

    0861713230

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-15
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Summary

Offers a compilation of the Thai Buddhist master's talks on Buddhism andpiritual practice.

Author Biography

Ajahn Chah (1918-92) was part of a movement to establish simple monastic communities in the remote forests of Thailand. At this date over one hundred forest monasteries have been established that look to his teaching as their inspiration. Ajahn Chah's simple yet profound style of teaching has a special appeal to Westerners, and in 1979 the first of several branch monasteries in the West was established in England, and there are now more than ten monasteries in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ajahn Amaro is abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in southeast England and author of numerous books and articles on Buddhist themes across traditions. Born in England in 1956, Ven. Amaro received his BSc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. He studied Buddhism in Thailand in the Forest Tradition and was ordained as a bhikkhu by Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah at Wat Pah Nanachat in 1979. He returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for many years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England, and in 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. He lived there until 2010, when he was called back to Amaravati to assume the duties of abbot.

Jack Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1975 and later the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and the national bestseller A Path with Heart.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7(9)
Jack Kornfield
Introduction 9(32)
About This Mind
41(2)
Fragments of a Teaching
43(10)
Part 1: Conduct-Virtue And The World Of The Senses
Living in the World with Dhamma
53(8)
Making the Heart Good
61(8)
Sense Contact-the Fount of Wisdom
69(12)
Understanding Vinaya
81(12)
Maintaining the Standard
93(8)
Why Are We Here?
101(10)
The Flood of Sensuality
111(8)
The Two Faces of Reality
119(16)
Part 2: Meditation
A Gift of Dhamma
135(6)
Inner Balance
141(6)
The Path in Harmony
147(6)
The Training of the Heart
153(10)
Reading the Natural Mind
163(16)
The Key to Liberation
179(40)
Meditation (Samadhi Bhavana)
219(8)
Dhamma Fighting
227(4)
Just Do It!
231(8)
Right Practice-Steady Practice
239(10)
Samma Samadhi-Detachment Within Activity
249(8)
In the Dead of Night
257(18)
Part 3: Wisdom
What is Contemplation?
275(4)
Dhamma Nature
279(8)
Living with the Cobra
287(4)
The Middle Way Within
291(6)
The Peace Beyond
297(10)
Convention and Liberation
307(6)
No Abiding
313(6)
Right View-the Place of Coolness
319(4)
Our Real Home
323(10)
The Four Noble Truths
333(8)
``Tuccho Pothila''-Venerable Empty Scripture
341(10)
``Not Sure!''-the Standard of the Noble Ones
351(12)
Still, Flowing Water
363(10)
Transcendence
373(10)
Toward the Unconditioned
383(12)
Epilogue
395(2)
Glossary 397(6)
Notes 403(6)
Sources of the Text 409(6)
Index 415

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