Letting Go

by Ajahn Chah

The Wisdom of Ajahn Chah

A Western monk at a Buddhist monastery becomes frustrated by the difficulties of practice and the detailed and seemingly arbitrary rules of conduct the monks had to follow. He began to criticize other monks for sloppy practice and to doubt the wisdom of the teaching. At one point, he went to Ajahn Chah the master and complained, noting that even Ajahn Chah was inconsistent and seemed often to contradict himself in an unenlightened way.

Ajahn Chah just laughed and pointed out how much the monk was suffering . . .

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