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 July 2005            2548            Number 73
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah


Safety Valve of the Noble Ones

ajhanChahExtract from the talk, ‘Still, Flowing Water’ by Ajahn Chah

I teach meditation like this: When it’s time to sit in meditation, then sit. Allow your mind to experience things and consider their nature, seeing them as transient, not perfect and ownerless. It’s all uncertain...
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I Give You My Life

daisyAn extract from the autobiography of Ayya Khema.

Ayya Khema was born of Jewish parents in Berlin in 1923. She founded Wat Buddha Dhamma near Sydney in 1978. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka in 1979, and started the Nuns’ Island in 1982. She established the Buddha Haus in Germany in 1989. She died in 1997.

At this point, I would like to come back to describe what it was that moved me to become a nun. I had lived what could be called an eventful life. I hadn’t planned it that way, it had just come about on its own. ...
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