- Series: Quest Book
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Quest Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0835605973
- ISBN-13: 978-0835605977
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The editors/compilers present the teachings in short, easy-to-digest sections and the occasional lovely simple line-drawing. There is also a very helpful teacher Q&A section at the end of the book from when Chan taught a retreat at IMS in Massachusetts before he died.
If you are going to buy one book on Theravadan mindfulness meditation instructions, let this be the one. It is outstanding, worth reading again and again and again.
For one thing, I appreciated how Achaan Chah suggested that many, if not all, great world religions have much in common. As a Christian, I found myself calling to mind some words of Jesus that paralleled some words of the Buddha. Of course, there are many differences between the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. But there are many similarities. Consider: When Achaan Chah wrote of material things being empty and impermanent, I thought of Jesus telling his followers to not "...lay up for themselves treasures on earth where moth and rust consume..." That is just one example of many that could be cited. When I began reading Buddhist writings awhile ago, I was interested in Buddhism as a way to help deepen my practice of meditation and prayer. This volume by Achaan Chah offers that kind of help and more. I commend it.
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