Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah” as Want to Read:
A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah

by
4.42  ·  Rating details ·  258 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Buddhist master Achaan Chah spent years meditating in a forest monastery of Thailand. This remarkable book reflects his simple and powerful message as well as the quiet, joyful Buddhist practice of dhudanga, or "everyday mindfulness," with profound insights for the West.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Quest Books (first published January 1st 1985)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Still Forest Pool, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Still Forest Pool

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Steve Woods
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book, written by a simple man with no pretences and great spiritual understanding of both the human condition and the path of Buddhist practice. This little book is really important to me, I use it often when I get wound up in my shit to find the true essence of what it's all about. It always allows me to le go of taking myself too seriously.
Phillip Moffitt
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ajahn Chah was one of the great insight meditation teachers of the last century. This book is a collection of short teachings that reflect his emphasis on being mindful in daily life as the way to attain liberation. He describes the essence of vipassana, concentration practice, walking meditation practice, and much more. His teachings are like nuggets that you can quickly consume and then chew on for days.
Gregg Bell
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
There are good things in just about every book like this. There are good things in this book.

But it's not really much of a book. Just a grouping of Achaan Chah's insights on life (okay, a slight pun) via insight meditation.

What can one say? Is it worth reading?

Answer: for nuggets.

You decide:

Nugget #1) To try to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it. Investigate suffering, see its causes, and put an end to them right now, rather than merely dealing with their effects.

Nugget #2)
...more
Manesha
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Still Forest Pool is an incredibly inspiring book. The simplicity of the monk's words resonated with me everytime I read one of his entries. I would have to say that this book is not meant to be read in one sitting, it is more enjoyable if you read one journal entry every few days.

the message itself is very clear..live mindfully. But understanding what that word means to monks living in a forest is simple. My favourite section was the last one where he has a question answer section.

I highly
...more
Harry
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a Buddhist temple in the village where I live and the monks very kindly invited the villagers to a meal a few months ago. On leaving we were all presented with this book as a gift. It's a treatise on meditation and the path to mindfulness. It's easily read and contains some really good advise without preaching too much. Because it is split into so many small chapters it is a book that can be dipped into over and over again.
Cyberpayanee
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A small book of huge help for understanding meditation. Simple words convey profound and practical points. A must read for those interested in spirituality. The editing could have been better. It is not clear whether Acchan Cha is saying or it is a paraphrase of editors. But this doesnt diminish the value.

Melanie
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. The teachings are simple, yet uncompromising. The emphasis is very much on practise rather than theory and the book is full of useful stories and metaphors designed to guide the reader to reaach the inner peace of non-attachment
Kanwarpal Singh
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
have a soulful reading experience
Carol
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent but one never really can finish this book as it stays and starts and the ease of reading brings me back time and again with new insights each time.
Frank
This little book is a classic for a reason. Short chapters packed with wisdom and advice. A book that will live on my nightstand for a long time.
Aneesh
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meditation
This isn't a book to be read cover-to-cover, though that's what I did.

Most parts are excellent. I was inspired by the emphasis on practice. The focus, however, is monastic, and it takes some imagination to translate the lessons to lay life.

This is fundamentally a book for practitioners, and I expect that a re-reading after a few more months of practising will yield a new set of insights. It is *not*, however, a meditation manual. (I do not think it is that easily possible to learn how to meditat
...more
Zuberi zuberi
This is on the top list of my favorite spiritual book.Here is simple wisdom I got from Ven. Achaan Chah;
'The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.

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. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.'
Sandy
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost a year in the reading and I glad I took the time to digest his words. Toni Bernhard quoted this book in her book, How to be Sick, and both of these authors helped me be at peace while I journeyed through the last year with cancer treatment. Now I rely on these ancient Buddhist teachings to return my mind to the way of nonattachment and compassion. Thank-you Achan Chah, your words are a steady reference for a wandering mind.
Lindsay
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a series of parables that illustrate Buddhist teachings. A reader should use it to meditate on each parable to identify and absorb the lesson it has to teach. It is NOT a textbook or an introduction to Buddhism. Many of the stories I couldn't easily identify with as they are based on the culture of the monastery.
dihuta
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like it so much.
Katy
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism
Very simple, wise, most shortly dharma talks as remembered by Ajahn Chah's students. The insights are inspirational and can be read slowly over time and again and again.
Jenny
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I did find some gems of insight in this book. However, this book did not feel as relevant and approachable to me as ones I have read by Thich Nhat Hahn, Pema Chodron, or the Dalai Lama.
Manuel
Feb 21, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: All people interested on meditation
The importance of meditation in all moments of our lives.
Zoe Um
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a very useful and straightforward book which I plan to read many times!
Al
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theravada
Part of my Vipassana/Insight Meditation collection. From the famous teacher, Achaan Chah.
Johnny Broccoli
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phil
essential
Edgar
rated it liked it
Oct 17, 2012
Sandra
rated it it was amazing
Oct 02, 2012
paul graham
rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2017
E Alexander
rated it it was amazing
Jul 10, 2016
Mark
rated it really liked it
Nov 09, 2014
Jose Orihuela
rated it really liked it
Oct 25, 2016
Paul
rated it it was amazing
Jul 10, 2015
Peter Brackley
rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2010
Cynthia
rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English: An Introductory guide to Deeper States of Meditation
  • Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path
  • The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace
  • It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
  • Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
  • Satipaṭṭhāna: The Direct Path to Realization
  • The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga
  • One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism
  • Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective
  • Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
  • Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook
  • Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
  • The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus
  • Open Heart, Open Mind:  A Guide to Inner Transformation
  • Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism
  • A Gradual Awakening
  • Work as a Spiritual Practice: A Practical Buddhist Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job
  • Hooked!: Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
71 followers
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
...more
More about Ajahn Chah
“Just try to keep your mind in the present. Whatever arises in the mind, just watch it and let go of it. Don't even wish to be rid of thoughts. Then the mind will return to its natural state. No discriminating between good and bad, hot and cold, fast and slow. No me and no you, no self at all—just what there is. When you walk there is no need to do anything special. Simply walk and see what is there. No need to cling to isolation or seclusion. Wherever you are, know yourself by being natural and watching. If doubts arise, watch them come and go. It's very simple. Hold on to nothing. It's as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just see them and overcome them by letting them go. Don't think about the obstacles you've already passed; don't worry about those you have not yet seen. Stick to the present. Don't be concerned about the length of the road or the destination. Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, don't cling to it. Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves.” 11 likes
“We can see the mind as a lotus. Some lotuses are still stuck in the mud, some have climbed above the mud but are still underwater, some have reached the surface, while others are open in the sun, stain-free. Which lotus do you choose to be? If you find yourself below the surface, watch out for the bites of fishes and turtles.” 9 likes
More quotes…