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Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah

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Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many American and European seekers, and helped shape the American Vipassana community. This collection brings together for the first time Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings, including those on meditation, liberation from suf ...more
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Published June 15th 2002 by Wisdom Publications (first published January 1st 1992)
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Steve Woods
This is a wonderful collection of Dharma talks by one of the most prominent teachers of the 20th Century. Archan Chaa is a monk who entered the sangha at a very early age, with little formal education, his deep understanding of Buddha's teachings has come from practice and not the intellect. This collection is a great companion for anyone on this path. He explains and expounds with clarity and compassion in a very down to earth way. Easily understood by anyone he manages to illuminate the basic ...more
Jeff
Ajahn Chah was a rigorous and highly influential Dhamma teacher in the forests of northern Thailand, where he attracted and grew a considerable number of Western monks. Subsequently the Thai and Western monks have dispersed and developed a remarkable number of monasteries around the world.
My humble understanding is that he restored a focus on clear-eyed living, supported by practice, especially highly effective meditation.

They say that he was compassionate, skillful and humorous. He also comes a
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Jo
Feb 10, 2012 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Some of the most sublime and useful Buddhist literature I have ever read, from one of the most respected meditation masters of his age. Ajahn (the Thai term for "teacher") Chah was a monk in the Forest Tradition, who's vivid and powerfully simple style of teaching made him a favorite among Western students including Jack Kornfield. The clarity is so appealing! I have enjoyed reading it in small bits before daily meditation, and really letting it soak in like rain to the field.
Mariana
On a deserted island, I would want to read this most nourishing book about Buddhist Practice. The author would say, "Put the book down and meditate!"
Maura
An okay read. Not the most practical book. More interesting as a biography than for its Buddhist wisdom.
Shelley Hainer
I love Ajahn Chah's writing, teaching and beautiful humor.
Hendro Chen
This book is amazing. It is like ajahn chah talking in front of you. his understanding on dharma is superb, even some deeper concepts can be explained in a very easy and simple manners. I have benefited a lot from this book. Thanks ajahn Chah.
Scott
Ajahn Chah has a directness that's very refreshing, and if the Theravada tradition speaks to you then you may like this a bit more than I did. Even so, you could find this collection a bit on the repetitive side since there's a lot of the same basic points being made in the various articles included here.
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Oct 06, 2012 Lindy added it
I have a new book of the same name, but a different collection without an attribution of authorship! they just call themselves 'The Compilers'...the foreword, too, is by a different monk from the Food for the Heart collection, instead of Ajahn Amaro, it is Ajahn Munindo dated 2011.
James Conigrave
Some great practical advice for meditation.
Tim Weakley
As a teacher of many western monks the ideas of Venerable Ajahn Chah are not unfamiliar. While a little bit repetitive this collection of talks if a great reinforcement of basic Buddhist beliefs.
Nancy
This does get a little repetitive, but sometimes a teacher must repeat themselves before we arrive at understanding.
Eric
Jun 21, 2009 Eric is currently reading it
Excellent so far. Very accessible. Can pick up, put down, pick up, put down and get wisdom on every page.
Jordan Sasek
This book is a great travel companion. Read and will re-read. Enjoy!
Derek
If BHG is a lecturer, then Ajahn Chah is a coach.
Paul
As good a book as I have read : )
Jeb
Wonderful.
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Ajahn Chah was born in 1918 in a village located in the north-eastern part of Thailand. He became a novice at a young age and recieved higher ordination at the age of twenty. He followed the austere Forest Tradition for years, living in forests and begging for almsfood as he wandered about on mendicant pilgrimage.

He practised meditation under a number of masters, among whom was Ajahn Mun, a highly
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