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Pure and Simple: The Extraordinary Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Laywoman

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Upasika Kee was a uniquely powerful spiritual teacher. Evocative of the great Ajahn Chah, her teachings are earthy, refreshingly direct, and hard-hitting. In the twentieth century, she grew to become one of the most famous teachers in Thailand--male or female--all the more remarkable because, rarer still, she was not a monastic but a layperson. Her relentless honesty, alon ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2005 by Wisdom Publications
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Apr 21, 2015 Juergen rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book. Thanissaro Bhikkhu, the translator, did a great job in capturing the urgency and ardency of Upasika Kee's teachings on the Dhamma. I would recommend this book for anyone who's got an established practice who might be looking for a more in-depth exposition of the Dhamma in fluid form. Know, of course, that Upasika Kee was a Thai lay practitioner who lived in a unique circumstance. This informs her teachings, and also the language used. I think Thanisarro does a good job ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
I just started reading this one, and it's kicking butt! Straight forward, no bs kinda Buddhist book, and it's by a woman! :)

"There's nothing of any substance to the physical properties of the body, which are all rotten and decomposing. The body is like a rest room over a cesspool. We can decorate it on the outside to make it pretty and attractive, but on the inside it's full of the most horrible, filthy things. Whenever we excrete anything, we ourselves are repelled by it; yet even though we're
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Aug 21, 2013 Russ Ridlington rated it really liked it
A excellent book that is direct and to the point. Upasika is a inspiration to all of us on the path.
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Upasika Kee Nanayon, also known by her penname, K. Khao-suan-luang, was arguably the foremost woman Dhamma teacher in twentieth-century Thailand. Born in 1901 to a Chinese merchant family in Rajburi, a town to the west of Bangkok, she was the eldest of five children — or, counting her father's children by a second wife, the eldest of eight. Her mother was a very religious woman and taught her the ...more
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“If the mind can stay with itself and not go out looking for things to criticize or latch onto, it can maintain a natural form of stillness. So this is something we have to try for in our every activity. Keep your conversations to a minimum, and there won’t be a whole lot of issues. Keep watch right at the mind. When you keep watch with continuous mindfulness, your senses stay restrained. Being mindful in this way is something you have to work at. Try it and see. Can you keep this sort of awareness continuous? What sort of things can still get the mind engaged? What sorts of thoughts and labels of good and bad, me and mine, does it think up? Then look to see if these things arise and disband.” 0 likes
“Don’t go searching for the Dhamma outside, for it lies within. Peace lies within, but we have to contemplate so that we’re aware all around—subtly, deep down.” 0 likes
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