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Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away: Teachings on Impermanence and the End of Suffering Paperback – March 8, 2005
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No, in this new book, there are also stories about life with Ajahn Chah from this former monk who knew him as well as any Westerner, living and working with him and also translating for him in Thailand and when Ajahn Chah visited the U.S. These stories are just as enlightening as the Ajahn's direct teachings, but for those of us who like a little story here and there -- which was, after all, how the Buddha himself taught -- these little sprinklings of what it was like to be around this tough, enlightened being are a wonderful balm after the hard work of trying to internalize the Dhamma.
In short, this book is absolutely vital for anyone who loves the Dhamma as taught in the Thai forest tradition, or for anyone who loves to hear stories about enlightened masters of any tradition. Another simply brilliant job of bringing Ajahn Chah's words to the West by Paul Breiter.
Ajahn Chah spoke simply for a simple audience. To illustrate his points, he spoke of fields, ponds, rivers, fish, frogs, dogs, plowing, planting, and harvesting. He used folk tales and parables. Here he speaks of how we are responsible for our own suffering:
"Really, someone who suffers when living alone is foolish. Someone who suffers when living with others is foolish. It's like chicken turds: if you carry them around by yourself, they stink. If you keep them when you're among others, they stink. You carry the rotten things with you."
On the futility of becoming overly preoccupied in affairs of the world, he reminds his audience of the beetle, scratching in the earth:
"It can scratch up a pile that's a lot bigger than itself, but it's still only a pile of dirt. If it works hard, it makes a deep hole in the ground, but it's only a hole in dirt. If a buffalo drops a load of dung there, it will be bigger than the beetle's pile of earth, but it still isn't anything that reaches to the sky. It's all dirt. Worldly accomplishments are like this. No matter how hard the beetles work, they're just involved in dirt, making holes and piles"
Translating the colloquialisms must have been challenging, but, as you can see from the above, Paul Breiter has done a magnificent job capturing Ajahn Chah's voice, making "Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away" a wonderful volume for even those who may have been practicing the dharma for many years.Read more ›
Ajahn Chah's being and character ring clear from every word , sometimes bringing a smile , sometimes a conviction . This is good Theravada wisdom , the Wisdom of the Buddha 100% , set forth an a very easy to read style. I will have to read this book at least a
half dozen times to absorb all that is richly contained therein .
My hat is off to this author who profoundly honors his late teacher with such an excellent presentation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ajahn Chah is the Master Root teacher for quite a few of the well know American teachers
He is a very excellent resource for the Path and this book is quite good
We all know that nothing lasts for ever, but do we really feel the impact of that knowledge. This book will help you bring presence to everyday living an a new appreciation for... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Maizie
Very clear and down to earth explanations with fun stories telling.
Recommend reading for people who would like to undertstand their body and mind.
One of my go to books on the Dhamma. A very clear and precise exploration of inpermanance. A must have for all Dhamma students.Published on May 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Ajahn Chah, guides you in his own words his understanding and experience of meditation in the Theravada forest tradition. Very helpful quite humorous teacher.Published on September 6, 2012 by Charlie A.
The author doesnt mess around he clearly illustrates the impermanace of all things, which in turn shows that everything is unsatisfactory which demonstrates the inherent suffering... Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by Roger Mahaffey