Thread: Letting Go (Ajahn Chah)

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    Letting Go (Ajahn Chah)

    I was looking at 10 Ajahn Chah quotes earlier- and wondered if anyone had any comments about this one?


    Once you understand non-self, then the burden of life is gone. You'll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy. Learn to let go without struggle, simply let go, to be just as you are - no holding on, no attachment, free.

    https://www.azquotes.com/author/1767...tag/letting-go

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    It depends what is meant by non-self. The usual description is something like, "a nonself-cultivating process aims to minimize or extinguish the self and avoid desires, leading to egolessness or selflessness." which seems a bit silly when you read it. Letting go is the key idea, but you have to let go of everything, including the idea of extinguishing the self. Non-self becomes a 'thing' you have to let go of. Let go of everything and you get beyond everything. Freedom to experience everything that lies beyond every 'thing'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philg
    It depends what is meant by non-self
    "Not self" (anatta) might be a better translation.

    Chapter 5 of the book "The Island" by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro is a really good place to look for more information about this:

    https://amaravati.org/dhamma-books/the-island/

    Its probably also worth remembering that the original Ajahn Chah quote will be a western monk's English translation of the Thai language spoken by Ven. Ajahn Chah when he was giving teachings in Thailand.



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    Yes, the introduction sums it up well, "Ajahn Chah would use the words ‘the reality of non-grasping’ as the definition for Nibbāna: realizing the reality of non-grasping. That helps to put it in a context because the emphasis is on awakening to how we grasp and hold on even to words like ‘Nibbāna’ or ‘Buddhism’ or ‘practice’ or ‘sīla’.” Nibbana as the state where non grasping occurs, where we no longer need terms and definitions, other than to communicate with people on the same path. We no longer need 'self' or 'non self'. We can let go of the raft and move on.

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