A Tree in a Forest: A Collection of Ajahn Chah's Similes by Dhamma Garden Translation Group (ed.)

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If doubts arise, let them come and go. When you meet defilements, just see them and overcome them by letting go of them. It’s very simple — hold on to nothing. It’s as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just 53 see them and overcome them by letting go of them. Don’t think about the obstacles you have already passed. Don’t worry about the obstacles you have not yet met. Stick to the present. Don’t be concerned about the length of the road or about your destination.

F It is wrong view to go on thinking that we are the sankharas or that we are happiness and unhappiness. Seeing like this is not full, clear knowledge of the true nature of things. e truth is that we can’t force things to follow our desires. ey follow the way of Nature. A simple comparison is this: Suppose you go and sit in the middle of a freeway with the cars and trucks speeding down toward you. You can’t get angry at the cars, shouting, “Don’t drive over here! ” It’s a freeway. You can’t tell them that.

You must use your concentration, not to temporarily bliss out, but to accurately examine the nature of the mind and body. is is what actually frees you. G We should investigate the body within the body. Whatever’s in the body, go ahead and look at it. If we just see the outside, it’s 37 not clear. We see hair, nails, and so on and they are just pretty things which entice us. So the Buddha taught us to look at the inside of the body, to see the body within the body. What is in the body? Look closely and see!

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