Ajahn Chah Quotes

On this page you can find the TOP of Ajahn Chah's best quotes! We hope you will find some sayings from Ajahn Chah's in our collection, which will inspire you to new achievements! There are currently 101 quotes on this page collected since June 17, 1918! Share our collection of quotes with your friends on social media so that they can find something to inspire them!
  • When the heart truly understands, it lets go of everything.

    Various, Louis van Loon, Lily de Silva, Webu Sayadaw, Susan Elbaum Jootla (2011). “Collected Bodhi Leaves Volume IV: Numbers 91 to 121”, p.245, Buddhist Publication Society
  • Practicing meditation is just like breathing. While working we breathe, while sleeping we breathe, while sitting down we breathe... Why do we have time to breathe? Because we see the importance of the breath, we can always find time to breathe. In the same way, if we see the importance of meditation practice we will find the time to practice.

  • If you are still following your likes and dislikes, you have not even begun to practise Dhamma.

  • The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement.

  • You should know both the universal and the personal, the realm of forms and the freedom to not cling to them. The forms of the world have their place, but in another way, there is nothing there. To be free, we need to respect both of these truths.

    Needs   World   Way  
  • Time is our present breath.

    Time   Breaths  
  • If you want a chicken to be a duck, and a duck to be a chicken, you will suffer.

    Ducks   Suffering   Want  
  • When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by.

  • If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate.

  • Letting go a little brings a little peace. Letting go a lot brings a lot of peace. Letting go completely brings complete peace.

  • We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.

    Heaven   Suffering   Ends  
  • If you have time to be mindful, you have time to meditate.

    Ifs  
  • Don't think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don't think that you're coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.

    Attitude   Lying   Eye  
  • The one who recognizes the uncertainty of phenomena is the Dharma within you.

  • If you see certainty in that which is uncertain, you are bound to suffer

  • If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.

  • I am like a tree in a forest. Birds come to the tree, they sit on its branches and eat its fruits. To the birds, the fruit may be sweet or sour or whatever. The birds say sweet or they say sour, but from the tree's point of view, this is just the chattering of birds.

    Sweet   Views   Bird  
  • Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.

    Animal   Mind   Trying  
  • If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand. The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If suffering arises you must contemplate right there, you don't have to run away. You should settle the issue right there. One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all. He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

  • When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing.

  • If you listen to the Dhamma teachings but don't practice you're like a ladle in a soup pot. The ladle is in the soup pot every day, but it doesn't know the taste of the soup. You must reflect and meditate.

  • Once you understand non-self, then the burden of life is gone. You'll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy. Learn to let go without struggle, simply let go, to be just as you are - no holding on, no attachment, free.

  • One day some people came to the master and asked: How can you be happy in a world of such impermanence, where you cannot protect your loved ones from harm, illness or death? The master held up a glass and said: Someone gave me this glass; It holds my water admirably and it glistens in the sunlight. I touch it and it rings! One day the wind may blow it off the shelf, or my elbow may knock it from the table. I know this glass is already broken, so I enjoy it - incredibly.

    Philosophy   Blow   Wind  
  • Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.

  • Do not be a bodhisattva, do not be an arahant, do not be anything at all. If you are a bodhisattva, you will suffer, if you are an arahant, you will suffer, if you are anything at all, you will suffer.

  • When we sit in meditation and hear a sound, we think, 'Oh, that sound's bothering me.' If we see it like this, we suffer. But if we investigate a little deeper, we see that the sound is simply sound. If we understand like this, then there's nothing more to it. We leave it be. The sound is just sound, why should you go and grab it? You see that actually it was you who went out and disturbed the sound.

  • Don’t be attached to visions or lights in meditation, don’t rise or fall with them. What’s so great about brightness? My flashlight has it. It can’t help us rid ourselves of our suffering.

    Fall   Light   Meditation  
  • If you haven't cried deeply a number of times, your meditation hasn't really begun.

  • At some point your heart will tell itself what to do.

  • When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. And when we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy.

    Self   Clinging  
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