first journey as a forest monk to the monastery of Ajahn Pow and Dhammapada

ajahn chahMore wonderful information about tudong and the travels of Ajahn Chah
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.

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