This book is a highly readable, simple yet deep introduction to Buddhist life, practices and attitudes. It is anecdotal in style rather than systematic or comprehensive. It describes life in a remote forest monastery in Northern Thailand but always stays relevant to the everday life of a city dwelling westerner. Achaan Chah was one of the masters under whom Jack Kornfield practiced meditation. This book would make an ideal gift for someone interested to know about Buddhism but is also of value to someone already quite familiar with Buddhism. Its emphasis is constantly on the value of practice rather than too much intellectualising. I recommend it highly.
I borrowed this book from a Buddhist center and began reading. I soon realized I must own this book and bought it! (okay, so I'm not fully enlightened yet!) Achaan Chah's shares the Dharma in a way that just feels right. The chapters are very short, sometimes just one page. This allows you to read a chapter and then meditate on it. I've read many, many, many Buddhist books and find this one to be my very favorite. Please email me if you have any further questions. May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be free.
I have owned 2 or 3 copies of this book ( serially not all at once) in Paperback. Unfortunately I lent them out never to see them again. I am delighted that I now have this on my Kindle. It's a book you can dip into at any point and I find just reading it has a soothing, calming effect.
I have always wanted to read this book. Achaan Chah is known worldwide as a great Buddhist meditation master. This book is an essential for all those interested in the lifestyle of Buddhist monks of the Theravada tradition. I would love to read this book again. After reading the book I felt more encouraged to apply its priciples into my practice. Buddhism needs more Achaan Chahs.