Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Ajahn Chah: The Key to Liberation (video)

Ajahn Chah read by Ajahn Jayasaro, 1/6/13 (1983dukkha); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

Ajahn Chah (Thai ชา สุภัทโท, Phra Achaan Chah Subhaddo, Luang Por, Phra Bodhiñāṇathera, พระโพธิญาณเถร, Chao Khun Bodhinyana Thera, June 17, 1918–January 16, 1992) was an enlightened Thai Theravada Buddhist monk.

He was an influential teacher of the Buddha Dharma (Dhamma) and the founder of two major meditation centers and monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition.

Respected and loved in his own country as a monk of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West.

Beginning in 1979 with the founding of Cittaviveka (Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in England, the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah has spread throughout the U.S., Europe, and the British Commonwealth.

His Dharma talks have been recorded, transcribed, and translated into several languages.

More than one million people, including the Thai royal family, attended Ajahn Chah's funeral in January 1993, a year after his passing due to the "hundreds of thousands of people [that were] expected to attend." He left behind a legacy of Dharma talks, students, and monasteries.

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