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on 30 April 2016
Ajahn Sumedho is the best comminicator of Buddhist teachings I have encountered. He spells out exactly how you actually practice mindfulness and meditation and the best attitude to cultivate towards the spiritual life, Enormously helpful to this meditator.
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on 9 February 2015
A wonderful dhamma book; this collection includes a number of gems. Ajahn Sumedho takes a very direct, down-to-earth, but powerful approach in expressing the dhamma - the 'way it is' - and provides a number of helpful suggestions for reflection.
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on 15 April 2015
Thanks for a great buy
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on 7 February 2012
Luang Por Ajahn Sumedho (born Robert Jackman in Seattle, Washington in 1934) is a prominent figure in the Thai Forest Tradition. His teachings are very direct, practical, simple, and down to earth. In his talks and sermons he stresses the quality of immediate intuitive awareness and the integration of this kind of awareness into daily life. Like most teachers in the Forest Tradition, Ajahn Sumedho tends to avoid intellectual abstractions of the Buddhist teachings and focuses almost exclusively on their practical applications, that is, developing wisdom and compassion in daily life. His most consistent advice can be paraphrased as to see things the way that they actually are rather than the way that we want or don't want them to be ("Right now, it's like this..."). He is known for his engaging and witty communication style, in which he challenges his listeners to practice and see for themselves. Students have noted that he engages his hearers with an infectious sense of humor, suffused with much loving kindness, often weaving amusing anecdotes from his experiences as a monk into his talks on meditation practice and how to experience life ("Everything belongs").

From 1967-77 Ajahn Sumedho lived at Wat Nong Pa Pong in northeast Thailand, training under Ajahn Chah. He has come to be regarded as the latter's most influential Western disciple. In 1975 he helped to establish and became the first abbot of the International Monastery, Wat Pa Nanachat, founded by Ajahn Chah for training his non-Thai students. In 1977, Ajahn Sumedho accompanied Ajahn Chah on a visit to England. After observing a keen interest in Buddhism among Westerners, Ajahn Chah encouraged Ajahn Sumedho to remain in England for the purpose of establishing a branch monastery in the UK. This became Cittaviveka Forest Monastery in Chithurst, West Sussex.

Ajahn Sumedho was granted authority to ordain others as monks shortly after he established Cittaviveka Forest Monastery. He then established a ten precept ordination lineage for women, the "Siladhara" order.

Until his retirement Ajahn Sumedho was abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery near Hemel Hempstead in England, which was established in 1984. Amaravati is part of the network of monasteries and Buddhist centres in the lineage of Ajahn Chah, which now extends across the world, from Thailand, New Zealand and Australia, to Europe, Canada and the United States. Ajahn Sumedho played an instrumental role in building up this international monastic community.

Ajahn Sumedho's imminent retirement was announced in February 2010, and he retired in November of that year. His successor is the English monk Ajahn Amaro, hitherto co-abbot of the Abhayagiri branch monastery in California's Redwood Valley. Ajahn Sumedho now dwells in his beloved Thailand.
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on 10 December 2012
I wasn't blown away with this book and have read better ones in this subject so my personal view would be to look around.
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on 15 January 2010
Ajahn Sumedo's The Sound Of Silence is at once simple to read and at all times direct in its approach. It is beautiful that a man who is the head of a monastic tradition is so straight forward and uncompromising in his teaching of the dharma, seemingly unencumbered by the demands of tradition and the codes of behaviour which though mentioned fall second to the continual encouragement to see through the nature of self to this, here and now. This teaching is always of the nature of this existential moment, as in the end of suffering is now, where the self is seen simply as a view. He also shares a little of his own struggles and set backs in this, which are delightful and revealing of the very human striffing to make sense of it all. If you want anicca, dukkha and anatta and you probably do not, you have it and a guide to open up this moment, to see through the views which create these chains. Not a book for those who want an all singing approach as it constantly points to awareness and no self, though is so valuable in doing just this.
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