The Best Ajahn Chah quotes

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Ajahn Chah, a former university lecturer in chemistry and physics, was born into an upper-middle class family. He left his job as a university lecturer to become a monk at the age of 23 because he wanted to live in peace. A teacher of Theravada Buddhism for over fifty years, Ajahn Chah’s teachings are renowned for their simplicity and clarity. His teachings focus on true happiness, which is not found in external objects but can be attained through our own actions. He passed away on November 16th 1992 from natural causes.

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About Ajahn Chah

title of the author

Phra Bodhiñanathera

birth of the author

17 June 1918

death of the author

16 January 1992

religion of the author


country of the author


movement of the author

Theravada, Maha Nikaya

occupation of the author

Buddhist Monk


When the heart truly understands, it lets go of everything. — Ajahn Chah

Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it. — Ajahn Chah

Only one book is worth reading: the heart. — Ajahn Chah

The heart is just the heart; thoughts and feelings are just thoughts and feelings. Let things be just as they are. — Ajahn Chah

when the heart truly understands it lets go of everything Ajahn Chah quote

At some point your heart will tell itself what to do. — Ajahn Chah

Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it. So let your mind be like a tightly woven net to catch emotions and feelings that come, and investigate them before you react. — Ajahn Chah

All religions are like different cars all moving in the same direction. People who don’t see it have no light in their hearts. — Ajahn Chah


If we see suffering then we don’t have suffering. — Ajahn Chah

We don’t meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering. — Ajahn Chah

if we see suffering then we don t have suffering Ajahn Chah quote

Happiness and suffering do not depend on being poor or rich, they depend on having the right or wrong understanding in our mind. — Ajahn Chah

Don’t be attached to visions or lights in meditation, don’t rise or fall with them. What’s so great about brightness? My flashlight has it. It can’t help us rid ourselves of our suffering. — Ajahn Chah

There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free. — Ajahn Chah


To practice Dhamma means to observe and examine oneself. — Ajahn Chah

A good practice is to ask yourself very sincerely, ‘Why was I born?’ Ask yourself this question in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night…every day. — Ajahn Chah

to practice dhamma means to observe and examine oneself Ajahn Chah quote

The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice. — Ajahn Chah

If you listen to the Dhamma teachings but don’t practice you’re like a ladle in a soup pot. The ladle is in the soup pot every day, but it doesn’t know the taste of the soup. You must reflect and meditate. — Ajahn Chah

We practice to learn how to let go, not how to increase our holding on to things. Enlightenment appears when you stop wanting anything. — Ajahn Chah


The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement. — Ajahn Chah

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Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward. — Ajahn Chah

the serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement Ajahn Chah quote

Only when the mind sees for itself, can it uproot and relinquish attachment. — Ajahn Chah

Just know what is happening in your mind–not happy or sad about it, not attached. If you suffer see it, know it, and be empty. It’s like a letter–you have to open it before you can know what’s in it. — Ajahn Chah

The mind is intrinsically tranquil. Out of this tranquility, anxiety and confusion are born. If one sees and knows this confusion, then the mind is tranquil once more. — Ajahn Chah

Dharma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don’t believe others, just listen to your mind. You don’t have to go anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one. — Ajahn Chah

The Dhamma is revealing itself in every moment, but only when the mind is quiet can we understand what it is saying, for the Dhamma teaches without words. — Ajahn Chah

do everything with a mind that lets go do not expect praise or reward Ajahn Chah quote

Look at your own mind. The one who carries things thinks he’s got things, but the one who looks on sees only the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them, and find lightness. — Ajahn Chah

Strengthening the mind is not done by making it move around as is done to strengthen the body, but by bringing the mind to a halt, bringing it to rest. — Ajahn Chah

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