Thursday, September 12, 2013

Recorded talks of Ajahn Fan Acaro (in Thai)

Different web page spells Ajahn Fun's name in English differently: Some spell as Luang Pho or Luang Phor Fan, Fann or Funn.

But this website contains the recorded talks delivered by Ajahn Funn Ajaro หลวงปู่ฝั้น อาจาโร  in Thai language.

These talks were delivered in the 1970s, prior to his passing away in 1977.

http://www.dhammathai.org/sounds/phun.php

If you wish to search for his photos, you may use the search word หลวงปู่ฝั้น อาจาโร .
Ajahn Fan only have a Wikipedia page in Thai language: http://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/หลวงปู่ฝั้น_อาจาโร and if you choose the Google Translate, the translation is totally out.

Really wish that the teachings of this great teacher can be translated in English. If my Thai is proficient enough I would be glad to translate- but my understanding of the language is only very basic.

According to Ajahn Sumedho in his book "Now is the knowing"
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/now_know.pdf, it is mentioned as follows (in page 6):

When I used to travel around the North-East of Thailand on tudong I liked to go and stay at the monastery of Ajahn Fun. Ajahn Fun was a much-loved and deeply respected monk, the teacher of the Royal Family, and he was so popular that he was constantly receiving guests. I would sit at his kuti [hut] and hear him give the most amazing kind of Dhamma talks, all on the subject of 'Buddho'- as far as I could see, it was all that he taught. He could make it into a really profound meditation, whether for an illiterate farmer or an elegant, western-educated Thai aristocrat. The main part of his teaching was to not just mechanically repeat 'Buddho', but to reflect and investigate, to awaken the mind to really look into the 'Buddho', 'the one who knows' really investigate its beginning, its end, above and below,
so that one's whole attention was stuck onto it. When one did that, 'Buddho' became something that echoed through the mind. One would investigate it, look at it, examine it before it was said and after it was said, and eventually one would start listeniing to it and hear beyond the sound, until one heard the silence. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Teachings of Ajahn Suwat

Came across this page in http://forestmeditation.com/teachings/teachings.html#suwat . He is the student of Ajahn Fan Acaro (หลวงปู่ฝั้น อาจาโร).

Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco (1919-2002)
Born on August 29, 1919, Ajaan Suwat ordained at the age of 20 and became a student of Ajaan Funn Acaro two or three years later. He also studied briefly with Ajaan Mun. Following Ajaan Funn's death in 1977, Ajaan Suwat stayed on at the monastery to supervise his teacher's royal funeral and the construction of a monument and museum in Ajaan Funn's honor. In the 1980's Ajaan Suwat came to the United States, where he established four monasteries: one near Seattle, Washington; two near Los Angeles; and one in the hills of San Diego County (Metta Forest Monastery). He returned to Thailand in 1996, and died in Buriram on April 5, 2002 after a long illness.
  • Blatantly Clear in the Heart, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
    A short talk on the development of virtue, concentration, and discernment. Keep practicing until these qualities become clear in your own heart!
  • To Comprehend Suffering, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
    Meditation isn't about "getting" things; it's about letting go. We can't let go of the darkness and delusion in our minds; it has to be dispersed by light -- the light of clear-seeing discernment that we cultivate through meditation.
  • Disenchantment, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
    A talk given at the start of a meditation session, in which Ajaan Suwat explains how to strenghten mindfulness and develop the disenchantment needed for discernment to arise. An excellent introduction to the contemplation of the 32 parts of the body.
  • A Fistful of Sand, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
    These Dhamma talks and question-and-answer sessions were recorded during a two-week meditation retreat he taught at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts in 1990. This event marked a rare opportunity for an elder Thai ajaan to speak directly to Westerners in their home environment. With a disarming ease and clarity, Ajaan Suwat here illuminates a number of vital points of Dhamma that will help the reader develop the proper attitude towards the practice of meditation.
  • The Strategy of a Peaceful Mind, by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco
    Viewing peace of mind as a skillful strategy helps the meditator settle the mind down into concentration. But its uses also extend to more advanced stages of meditation, by helping one disengage from all involvement with the aggregates, thereby bringing the meditator to the threshold of Awakening. In this remarkable talk Ajaan Suwat weaves together teachings for beginning and advanced meditators, alike.