Quote Archives: Ajahn Chah

Free yourself ~ Ajahn Chah

No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding. Ajahn Chah

Birth and Death ~ Ajahn Chah

Our birth and death are just one thing. You can’t have one without the other. It’s a little funny to see how at a death people are so tearful and sad, and at a birth how happy and delighted. It’s delusion. I think that if you really want to cry, then it would be better […]

What is Dhamma? ~ Ajahn Chah

What is Dhamma? Nothing isn’t. Ajahn Chah

Two kinds of suffering ~ Ajahn Chah

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

Looking into your own heart ~ Ajahn Chah

The Dhamma has to be found by looking into your own heart and seeing that which is true and that which is not, that which is balanced and that which is not balanced. Ajahn Chah

Two kinds of suffering ~ Ajahn Chah

There are two kinds of suffering: the suffering, which leads to more suffering, and the suffering, which leads to the end of suffering. The first is the pain of grasping after fleeting pleasures and aversion for the unpleasant, the continued struggle of most people day after day. The second is the suffering, which comes when […]

The four noble truth ~ Ajahn Chah

When we talk about Dhamma, although we may say a lot, it can usually be brought down to four things. They are simply to know suffering, to know the cause of suffering, to know the end of suffering and to know the path of practice leading to the end of suffering. This is all there […]

The effort to be aware ~ Ajahn Chah

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

Do not try ~ Ajahn Chah

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

Weeping deeply ~ Ajahn Chah

If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate. Ajahn Chah

Inside, not outside ~ Ajahn Chah

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

Gaining peace ~ Ajahn Chah

If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. Ajahn Chah

Contacting the “real” Dhamma ~ Ajahn Chah

The Buddha wanted us to contact the Dhamma, but people only contact the words, the books and the scriptures. That is contacting that which is “about” Dhamma, and not contacting the “real” Dhamma as taught by our Great Teacher. How can people say that they are practicing well and properly if they only do that? […]

Knowing the truth ~ Ajahn Chah

When we know the truth, we become people who don’t have to think much, we become people with wisdom. If we don’t know, we have more thinking than wisdom or no wisdom at all. A lot of thinking without wisdom is extreme suffering. Ajahn Chah

The place of surrender ~ Ajahn Chah

Regardless of time and place, the whole practice of Dhamma comes to completion at the place where there is nothing. It’s the place of surrender, of emptiness, of laying down the burden. This is the finish. Ajahn Chah

Watching others with wisdom ~ Ajahn Chah

A clever person watches others, but he watches with wisdom, not with ignorance. If one watches with wisdom, once can learn much. But if one watches with ignorance, one can only find faults. Ajahn Chah

Let it die or make it good ~ Ajahn Chah

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good. Ajahn Chah

Just listen to your mind ~ Ajahn Chah

Dhamma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don’t believe others. Just listen to your mind. You don’t have to go and look anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one. Ajahn Chah

Happiness is suffering in disguise ~ Ajahn Chah

In truth, happiness is suffering in disguise but in such a subtle form that you don’t see it. If you cling to happiness, it’s the same as clinging to suffering, but you don’t realize it. When you hold on to happiness, it is impossible to throw away the inherent suffering. They’re inseparable like that. Thus […]

Studying that which is beyond good and evil ~ Ajahn Chah

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