A Taste of Freedom refers to a book/pamphlet that has been made available by Buddha.net that is a collection of talks by the Venerable Ajahn Chah first published in 1980.
A Taste of Freedom - Ajahn Chah
The talks were recorded on a simple cassette tape recorder under less than ideal conditions, so the rendering of the talks has taken some non-insignificant effort on the part of the translators. However, that the talks given by Ajahn Chah exist is of immense benefit and due appreciation should be given to those diligent enough to offer electronic or print editions of these messages.
The Venerable Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Chah, as I have said before, was a pillar of the Thai Forest Tradition, and responsible for that traditions dissemination to the West. Please take time to read these talks, your practice will benefit no matter what your Buddhist leanings may be.
Ajahn Chah’s teachings are simple, as is the Dhamma, there is no flourish, no garlands and no unnecessary complication. Ajahn Chah teaches the Dhamma as it is, and that is what makes his teachings so valuable. Simple, and to the point.
May all beings benefit from these discourses, and live free from fear.
This booklet is priceless. It contains quotes and anecdotes from the Venerable Ajahn Chah that really get to the ‘nitty gritty’ of the Dhamma. It is compiled by Dhamma Garden and following the wish of Ajahn Chah, is made freely available. It must not be sold for any reason whatsoever.
I cannot put into words any meaningful description of this booklet, so the best that I can do is to say… ‘Read It’!
Ajahn Chah’s words will lift you up and guide you on your path, far better than any description I might try to provide.
No Ajahn Chah
May you all live without fear.
I have come across a thoroughly interesting eBook regarding what the life is like for a Thai Forest Monk. It is published by Wat Pa Nanachat Monastery celebrating their 25th Vassa. Wat Pa Nanachat was the first monastery in Thailand dedicated to providing Westerners the opportunity to learn the Thais Forest Tradition. The file contains articles and essays by various Bhikkhus and Ajahns on numerous subjects, and provides insight into what life is like for a Bhikkhu in North East Thailand. It also gives glimpses into to Ajahn Chah himself, and what it was like to be taught by him.
I hope you find this document interesting, as I have done. It is, as usual, for free distribution and available in the eLibrary, so please do share with anyone you may belive would benefit from its contents.
May all beings live in peace.
The Teachings of Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Chah was possibly the most influential monk regarding the dissemination of Theravada Buddhism in the West. There are multiple monasteries in the USA and the UK that he had instituted during his ministry. Amaravati Monastery and Abhayagiri Monastery are just two of the many that have sprung up in the last 50 years or so.
His official website is https://ajahnchah.org/, however the Venerable Ajahn Chah passed on in 1992 and due to his residence primarily in Thailand, the recorded teachings of him are somewhat sparse. The PDF, made available above, weighs in at a hefty 725 pages, but that is pretty much everything that was recorded during his life.
He spent much of his time at Wat Nong Pah Pong Monastery which he founded in 1954, where he, to quote his website:
led a simple and pure life in a harmoniously regulated community where virtue, meditation and understanding may be skillfully and continuously cultivated.
Wat Nong Pah Pong currently has over 200 branch monasteries in Thailand alone. Ajahn Chah was one of the first Thai monks to ordain westerners into the Thai Forest tradition and thus started the spread of his valuable teachings to the West.
The Teachings of Ajahn Chah are made available on this site under the agreement cited within the PDF document. That is to say, it can be freely distributed, electronically. To distribute hard copies then permission must be obtained from the original publisher.