Buddho, by Ajaan Thate
A simple and practical guide to the use of the meditation
phrase, buddho, which is used to settle the mind to the
point at which discernment can begin to arise.
A Guided Meditation,
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Basic instructions in the practice of breath meditation.
Keeping the Breath in Mind and Lessons
in Samadhi, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo
A complete handbook for breath meditators, full of detailed
practical instructions for the development of concentration
Along the Path, by Ajaan Thate
A short handbook on the practice of meditation, with tips
and recommendations for new and experienced meditators.
Of particular interest is Ajaan Thate's discussion of how
best to respond when visions and signs arise during the
course of meditation practice.
Sao and his student Ajaan Mun established the Kammatthana
tradition. A true forest-dweller, Ajaan Sao left no written
records of his teachings. Fortunately for us, another of
his students -- Phra Ajaan Phut Thaniyo -- recorded Ajaan
Sao's Teaching: A Reminiscence of Phra Ajaan Sao Kantasilo,
which offers us a glimpse of Ajaan Sao's terse but powerful
Not by the Numbers, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The author recalls how Ajaan
Fuang taught meditation to his students: he would give
them just enough instruction to stay on-track, but would
rarely "certify" them as having attained this
or that level of jhana, thereby motivating them to develop
self-reliance and ingenuity in their meditation. In the
words of Ajaan Fuang: "If I have to explain everything,
you'll get used to having things handed to you on a platter.
And then what will you do when problems come up in your
meditation and you don't have any experience in figuring
things out on your own?"
Look, and Let Go, by Upasika Kee Nanayon, translated
from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
A talk covering a variety of topics, all concerning the
need for being observant in watching over the mind. Memorable
quote: "People who are intelligent and discerning prefer
criticism to praise. Stupid people prefer praise to criticism."
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 12:47 PM