Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Luang Por Chah
I was meant to write this post a while ago. Last January 16th, I attended the Remembrance day of the Venerable Ajahn Chah (Luang Por Chah) Dhamma Talk at the HGH Convention Center. It was the happiest and luckiest day of my stay in KL, and I was even happier that DH came along. It surprised me that DH understood (even better than me) the essence of the Dhamma talk, which was conducted in English by Theravada Buddhist monks, who came from different parts of the world.
According to the Theravada Buddhism, which is actually the oldest Buddhist school and has been the predominant religion in Sir Lanka and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia), the concept is against blind faith and disillusionment, but rather promotes the aspirant's experience, critical reasoning and investigation.
The event hall at HGH Convention Center was huge, with chairs and water for the guests. The people were also invited to read the free publications, as well as the posters of the life of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho founded Wat Pah Nanachat (watpahnanachat.org) or International Forest Monastery in 1975, at the Northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, 15 km from Ubon Ratchathani city. The monastery serves as a training community for the non-Thais.
This event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of the Buddhist community.
I find these publications are a jewel to my soul. DH and I refer to them regularly: "Now is the Knowing" by Ajahn Sumedho, and "A Taste of Freedom" and "Everything is Teaching Us", by Ajahn Chah. Reading a few passages and understanding them before you go to bed gives you clarity of mind and extreme peace of mind.
If you missed the event, and want to know more about Buddhism, you can read and download Ajahn Chah's teachings (in English) and download audio MP3 of Ajahn Sumedho's teachings and other Ajahns' teachings on this website: forestsangha.org
(Reminder: all talks and publications are for non-commercial use).
This link from KL: ajahnchahrd.com
News articles from The Stars newspaper:
Recalling His Wise Ways (9 Jan. 2010)
The Walk of Austerity (9 Jan. 2010)
Abbot from England visits Ipoh Monasteries (13 Jan. 2010)
May you all lead a wise and peaceful life.