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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
Paperback, 427 pages
Published June 15th 2002 by Wisdom Publications (first published January 1st 1992)
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Jo
Sep 04, 2010 Jo rated it it was amazing
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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.
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
Aug 22, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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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Maura
Jul 19, 2014 Maura rated it liked it
An okay read. Not the most practical book. More interesting as a biography than for its Buddhist wisdom.
Josh
Oct 18, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. Having immersed myself in books on Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness over the years, I sometimes wonder why I bother to read any more, but each one offers different perspectives and sometimes — for the very best of them, at least — I feel that reading them yields a few nuggets of wisdom... even if that wisdom comes in the form of instructions to stop reading so much and practice more (a common theme of Ajahn Chah's teachings). This book, Food for the Heart, is a gold ...more
Scott
Aug 23, 2012 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hendro Chen
Dec 30, 2013 Hendro Chen rated it it was amazing
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.
Lindy
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.
Kimberly
Nov 24, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
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my heart is the only worth reading book . Master my mind is the most important part i need to learn, i am my own teacher, i am watching the world through my kaleidoscope, i am not looking for the peace, i let it go, then the completely peace will come around one day.
Matt Tenney
Mar 04, 2016 Matt Tenney rated it it was amazing
This book is essential reading for any advanced practitioner of mindfulness. I've read more than ten times and always takeaway something new.
Ietrio
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21th century and superstition reigns like in the days of Aristotle. Cars and planes seem to be simply gadgets.
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.
Mariana
Jan 14, 2015 Mariana rated it it was amazing
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!"
Nancy
Mar 20, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: dharma
This does get a little repetitive, but sometimes a teacher must repeat themselves before we arrive at understanding.
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Excellent so far. Very accessible. Can pick up, put down, pick up, put down and get wisdom on every page.
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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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