Dhammapada and Ajahn Chah and Mae Jai

Silence does not denote profundity
if you are ignorant and untrained.
Like one holding scales,
a sage weighs things up,
wholesome and unwholesome,
and comes to know
both the inner and outer worlds.
Therefore the sage is called wise.
v. 268–269

The Buddha spoke of the contentment and benefit
that can come from living in quiet and beautiful
places. Limiting sense stimuli can assist us on our
path to freedom from ignorance. However he
didn’t mean for us to then take a position against
the sensory world. Ajahn Chah often said: “If you
can’t practise in the city, you can’t practise in the
forest”. And he’d also say: “If you can’t practise
when you are sick, you can’t practise when you
are healthy”. In other words, everything is practice;
including the feeling that we can’t practise with
‘this’. It is wisdom that recognises this truth.

Uploaded on Feb 9, 2008

Ajahn Cha’s great true-love story with Mae Jai and it’s tragic ending,

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