This discussion group explores the teachings of Buddhism
as presented in one of the many Buddhist texts available to us from different
times and cultures. The format of the class is open discussion, anyone interested
in Buddhist Philosophy is welcome to join us.
We know that people have a busy schedule during the week, so feel free to drop in or leave as your time permits. Since it is scheduled at noon you are welcome to bring your lunch.
We are currently reading A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah, edited by Paul Breiter and Jack Kornfield.
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. Read more about this book, available in paperback, at the following online bookstores:
Heartfelt and illuminating, October 24, 2001
By Nicholas R. Hunter (Houston, TX United States)
This book is a collection of short dharma talks given by meditation master Achaan Chah.
Achaan Chah was abbot of one of the largest monastery complexes in the Thai Forest tradition. He welcomed and trained many western seekers who later returned to the west, becoming influential dharma teachers in their own right.
In this book, Achaan Chah largely eschews "theory" in favor of encouraging his students to practice. Don't expect academic discourses on Buddhist psychology or other esoteric topics. These talks are short (rarely more than a couple of pages), direct, and very inspiring.
Take your time reading this book. If you allow yourself a little time to digest the meaning of each piece, you might experience more benefit than attempting to read the book through in one sitting.