Quotes from Thai Forest Tradition

Whatever you experience will become an object for contemplation.
This is where the practice really begins.
It is the fruit which arises as samadhi matures.

One will never come to see Dhamma by means of rational thinking.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

We can just allow things to be the way they are.
Even if you are stressed out,
you can allow it,
you can let it be the way it is.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Let things be
just as they are.

— Ajahn Chah

Each human being is quite capable of realizing
ultimate reality,
immortal truth,
and yet not one of us is capable
of proving it to anyone else.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Loving-kindness [metta]
is a skillful way of enduring
what we would not normally endure.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The significance of the Buddhist teaching lies in the fact that
it’s not an attempt to tell us how things should be,
it’s more a way of bringing our attention to the way things are.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The real challenge lies in just being able to
integrate this awareness into the most ordinary things.

— Ajahn Sumedho

‘Mystical experience’, the ‘insight’ …
all the ways of talking about
that realisation of the deathless reality …
is indescribable.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Stuff we create in our own mind — that’s what dukkha is.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The Buddha taught that
greed, anger, and misunderstanding are the causes that give rise to suffering.
If we ourselves are not yet acquainted with
greed, anger, and misunderstanding, then there is no way we can believe this.
When we know ourselves what
greed, anger and delusion are like,
and that whenever they arise in the mind,
they produce suffering like a fire burning us,
then we can believe it on the basis of our own experience.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Today is a new day.
Yesterday is a memory.
Tomorrow is the unknown.
Now is the knowing.

— Ajahn Sumedho

That which is threatening to the ego is liberating to the heart.

— Ajahn Amaro

Whenever the mind wants to grab on to something as a sure thing,
just say, ‘It’s not sure, it’s transient’.

— Ajahn Chah

Detach, let go.
Whenever there is any feeling of clinging,
we detach from it
because we know that feeling is just as it is.

— Ajahn Chah

Instead of becoming the world’s expert on Buddhism,
just let go, let go, let go.

— Ajahn Sumedho

When there is mindfulness and right understanding,
then I can’t find any suffering at all in this moment, now.

— Ajahn Sumedho

There is no way that we can guarantee that anything is definitely like this or like that, so the Buddha said to just leave it be. Leave it be as uncertain. However much you like it or dislike it, you should understand it as uncertain.

We practise Buddhism until we have a feeling for it.
After a time, a new kind of understanding arises.

— Ajahn Chah

The Buddha’s teachings are like the instructions posted on a hotel room door,
telling you what to do when the hotel’s on fire.

I dedicate my body and mind, my whole life, to the pracice of the Lord Buddha’s teachings in their entirety. I will realize the truth in this lifetime … I will let go of everything and follow the teachings. No matter how much suffering and difficulty I have to endure I will perservere, otherwise there will be no end to my doubts.
I will make this life as even and continuous as a single day and night. I will abandon attachments to mind and body and follow the Buddha’s teachings until I know their truth for myself.

— Ajahn Chah, Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah, flyleaf

“Right effort” is not the effort to make something particular happen.
It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment.

— Ajahn Chah

Freedom from craving brings many incidental benefits.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Love is not liking somebody.
Anyone can do that.
Love is loving things
that sometimes you don’t like.

— Ajahn Brahm