Ajahn Chah Bio, More Aspects of the Ajahn Mun Visit, Forest Buddhism and another Dhammapada Entry

The Dhammayut Nikai began in 1833 as a reform movement led by Prince Mongkut in Thailand. Ultimatly it seems to cause division and friction in the Sangha in Thailand. Ajahn Mun and the majority of his students while monks such as Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and Luang Por Chah remained in the Mahanikai sect.

Just as a sweet scented and beautiful lotus
can grow from a pile of discarded waste,
the radiance of a true disciple of the Buddha
outshines dark shadows cast by ignorance.
v. 58–59

We tend to see the things we don’t like about ourselves and others as obstructions to our happiness. ‘How radiant, how fulfilled I would
feel, how acceptable I would become if only I didn’t have all these limitations!’ But everything we experience can be turned around and can nourish growth towards that which is inherently and timelessly beautiful. All the unfair, unwanted and unreasonable stuff of our lives and all the bits that we resist and reject make up the swampland of discarded waste. The beautiful lotuses take rootand grow in the unbeautiful.

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