Ajahn Chah – Oral Biography Excerpt 28 A Sober Sadness and Dhammapada and Comment by Ajahn Munindo

Ajahn Jayasaro spent many years preparing and researching  the official biography in Thai. Many stories have been recollected to him and there is no way to prove or disprove the authenticity or memory of the teller. I find the oral presentations in few minute pieces an easy way for all to access the life and stories of a great man. And an opportunity to reflect on our own views and opinions

Live your life well in accord with the Way –
avoid a life of distraction.
A life well-lived leads to contentment,
both now and in the future.

With a heart of contentment as our foundation, we can tackle the tasks that confront us. There are times when we need to be brave warriors battling with the forces of delusion to avoid their taking control of our hearts and minds. At other times we
need to be like a parent, nurturing and caring for the goodness that is already here. Agility is a great spiritual virtue. Recognising the beauty inherent in a contented heart, we will naturally be drawn towards it. We only seek distraction because we don’t know contentment. Right practice liberates energy previously consumed by compulsiveness.
This same energy can also manifest as vitality and enthusiasm.

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